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
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
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
composers and arrangers ready, as well as the publisher, so I hope
project can be in full swing within the next 6-8 weeks. I'm excited.
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
composer Arnold Bax from the British Library (basically their version
Library of Congress). When I first heard the piece many years ago,
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
Eastern Iowa Brass Band's
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
Crawford will contribute to this project's amazing possibility
I predict that this recording will be greatly respected by fans and
and I am looking forward to helping a fine band and fine conductor
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
and mixing phase of the process. The band played fantastically throughout
the recording session, and it's exciting to see this album taking
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
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
districts, sponsors, donors, and grants that have supported this yearly
The universe has blessed me with an enormous vinyl record collection
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
quality. My beautiful bride gifted a book to me a while back, and
Classical Music. It basically provides a review and rating for
recordings throughout history. It's a neat book, but what's more interesting
is the fact that I've never once agreed with one of its summaries
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
this book's suggestion. It should be fun, and I will also provide
so that any listener can make his or her own informed judgement. Once
up and running, I will be sure to provide a link to the blog on this
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