Hello and thank you for visiting! My name is Joshua Thompson. I am a conductor, trumpet player, and music professor. I am the Director of Instrumental Activities at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. I enjoy performing and working with musicians to create inspiring performances for our audiences. I spend most of my time working with my students to help them become better musicians, performers, conductors, and future music educators.

Thanks again for visiting and if you would like more information about me, please see my biography page.

Some Current Projects:

"Green to Grown"

I am embarking on a mission to create a new genre of educational
music for public and private school students. I believe that it will help countless
programs in a variety of ways, so I have decided to create a KickStarter
campaign to help with the costs. I have not yet finished the required informational
video, but I will be sure to post full information here, as soon as it is available.
It is a unique approach that I look forward to sharing with you. I have the
composers and arrangers ready, as well as the publisher, so I hope that this
project can be in full swing within the next 6-8 weeks. I'm excited. Stay tuned!

Overture to
The Truth about the Russian Dancers
a new transcription for Brass Band

A long-time dream has the potential to become a reality! Thanks to
a dear colleague, I was able to review a score of a little-known piece by British
composer Arnold Bax from the British Library (basically their version of the
Library of Congress). When I first heard the piece many years ago, I
immediately knew that it could become a splendid brass band transcription,
and I look forward to finally completing this project, this summer.
Upon its completion, I will make all availability information available here.

Eastern Iowa Brass Band's Recording Project

I am excited and honored to produce the Eastern Iowa Brass Band's
upcoming album, Reverence. The repertoire that the director has chosen
for this album is spectacular, and I know that the recording genius of
Joel Crawford will contribute to this project's amazing possibility for success.
I predict that this recording will be greatly respected by fans and critics alike,
and I am looking forward to helping a fine band and fine conductor realize
their potential to create a wonderful addition to the recorded repertoire.

Update: It has been a long process, but we're finally to the final editing
and mixing phase of the process. The band played fantastically throughout
the recording session, and it's exciting to see this album taking shape!

The North Iowa Festival of Brass

I am proud to be part of an abmitious non-profit group called the North Iowa Music
Arts and Pageantry, Incorporated (NIMAP). We are are again hosting the North Iowa
Festival of Brass on August 5th, 2016 at Forest City High School. The previous years
have been an enormous success, and we can't wait to bring nine corps to this area!
If you are interested in attending the festival, you can find out more information
and purchase tickets at our website at http://www.northiowamusicarts.org.
We hope to see you there, and we are so thankful for the supporting school
districts, sponsors, donors, and grants that have supported this yearly festival!

My "Anablog"

The universe has blessed me with an enormous vinyl record collection and I
intend to use it! Upon each new listening of an analog recording, I find myself
quickly forming opinions about not only its interpretations, but also the recording
quality. My beautiful bride gifted a book to me a while back, and it's entitled,
Classical Music
. It basically provides a review and rating for thousands of
recordings throughout history. It's a neat book, but what's more interesting to me
is the fact that I've never once agreed with one of its summaries (no offense
to the contributers!). So, I want to go through a large amount of my collection this
summer and provide feedback, as well as mention that feedback's relationship to
this book's suggestion. It should be fun, and I will also provide audio examples,
so that any listener can make his or her own informed judgement. Once I'm
up and running, I will be sure to provide a link to the blog on this page.

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