Dr Josh Davies is a Yamaha Performing Artist and two-time Grammy nominated performer that enjoys a diverse career as a versatile performer and educator. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Jubilee Auditoriums in both Calgary and Edmonton.
Josh’s discography spans from many genres from classical to jazz, baroque to contemporary, and rock to funk. He is on the premier recording John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus written for The University of Texas Wind Ensemble which has been featured throughout the United States and Europe. Josh has regularly performed with symphony orchestras throughout Western Canada and the United states as well as serving as the co-principal Trumpet of the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra and the principal trumpet of the Round Rock Symphony.
As a passionate educator, Josh has held positions teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University-Texas, and Texas State University. Josh Currently is a professor at the University of Lethbridge where he teaches studio trumpet, jazz history, and directs the U of L Jazz Ensemble.
Keith Griffioen began playing trumpet at the age of 3 and has never stopped. He is returning to the Lethbridge Symphony as co-Principal Trumpet after an eight year absence to raise young children. He also performs with the Lethbridge Big Band and the Aeris Brass Quintet. Keith teaches Music Education and Evaluation at the University of Lethbridge
Junior and senior concert and jazz bands were Don’s primary focus during his teaching career. His teaching career began in Moosomin, SK in 1976. He moved to southern Alberta and taught in various schools. From 1989 – 2010, he was the band teacher at Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge, was heavily involved in the school’s musical theatre productions, and help found the Music Academy program. From 1998 – 2007 Don conducted the award-winning Lethbridge Community Gold Band.
Other aspects of his career include directing the University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble, and teaching Jazz History, Popular Music History, and Jazz Improvisation.
Don is busy as a trumpet player with the Bridge Brass Quintet, the Lethbridge Big Band, Hippodrome, Standard Time Jazz Combo, the Lethbridge Symphony, and many musical theatre productions.
Don is a founding board member and past – president of the Lethbridge Jazz Society. He has also served on the board of the Alberta Band Association (ABA) for several years and was President of the ABA for 2 years.
Don is a graduate of the University of Regina (B. MusEd 1976).
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