Spaulding, Josh

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Born: 1991



Teachers: Julie Hill


Josh Spaulding (b. 1991) is an emerging contemporary composer, music educator, and percussionist hailing from the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. Drawing from a variety of inspirations, including minimalism, rock, and jazz, Josh's music explores the crossroads and intersections between different perspectives and seeks to find connection in the aural ties that bind us in our modern world. Josh currently is a freelance composer, music educator, audio engineer, and marching/pageantry arts arranger/designer in the greater Omaha and Lincoln area. He also is a founding and active member of the LNK New Music Collective, which organizes and presents numerous new music concerts and events across Eastern Nebraska.

Josh's works have been performed across the country and abroad by numerous ensembles and performers such as the Hijinx Clarinet Quartet, the ARC Percussion Trio, the LCD Woodwind Trio, the Ebanyoung Quartet, the Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, members of the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies, the University of Tennessee Martin Percussion Ensemble, the Science Hill High School Percussion Ensemble, and Duo Wolfs/KleinJan among others. Josh has presented works at numerous conferences and events across the United States including the Midwest Clinic, the NACWPI Conference, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, the American Single Reed Summit, and the IDRS 2018 conference in Grenada, Spain. Josh was named a composition fellow for the University of Nebraska's 2013 Chamber Music Institute, and his music has been featured on several radio podcasts on KZUM including Art Talk Live and Cinema Roundtable.

As an educator, audio engineer, and percussionist, Josh currently works with the Elkhorn High School Band in Elkhorn, NE, the Independent A WGI ensemble, Railmen Indoor Percussion, in Blair, NE, and the Seattle Cascades Drum Corp based out of Seattle, WA. Josh previously was the Director of Percussion and Middle School Band Director of the Horn Lake Eagle Pride Band Program in Horn Lake, Mississippi, and he is a former educator of the Independent Open WGI ensemble, Audio Theater, in Clarksville, TN. Josh previously served on the board of the PAS University Committee, and was the Collegiate Division winner of the 2012 Tennessee PAS soloist competition. Josh had the honor of participating in the 2011 and 2012 Nief Norf Summer Festival at Furman University, performing in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil with the UTM Percussion Studio in 2011, and performing with the Gateway Indoor WGI ensemble in 2014. Josh is a member of the Syncro Percussion Duo, and was a major collaborator for the Small Town Big Sound Project and John Keegan and the Cut Ties.

Works for Percussion

Like a Father - Marimba Duo
The Black Knight - Percussion Nonet
To Build a Bond So Strong - Alto Saxophone & Vibraphone
Watauga - Percussion 12