Joshua Bynum

Hailed for his “inspiring energy, clear musical conviction, and warm lyrical tone” (International Trombone Association Journal), Josh Bynum keeps an active schedule balancing roles as educator, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral trombonist.  In addition to serving as Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia, a position he has held since 2010, Josh spends his summer as Trombone Artist / Faculty for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and is an Artist & Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.  

Josh performs regularly as a first-call substitute with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and was contracted to serve as second trombonist for the entire 2015- 16 season. Highlights with the ASO include two commercial recordings featuring the music of Jonathan Leshnoff and Christopher Theofanidis, as well as a sold-out Carnegie Hall performance of Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in celebration Robert Shaw’s legacy. Bynum is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Stern, and enjoys performing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.   

Josh has given clinics and featured performances at the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, and Georgia Music Educators Association Conference. He has also been an invited artist and lecturer at various workshops and universities across the country, and has given consortium premiere performances of several new works for trombone and wind ensemble.   His solo CD Catalyst was the recipient of the UGA Creative Research Medal in Arts & Humanities.  His contemporary chamber group the [MOD]ular Ensemble is featured on the album New Cartography, performing the music of Peter Van Zandt Lane.   

He holds degrees from Temple University, the University of Iowa, and Jacksonville State University, and is the editor for the ITA Journal’s Pedagogy Corner column.   His research interests include concepts of great section playing and creative problem solving in the practice room.   

Josh and wife Heather live in Athens, GA with their dog Dunkin, and enjoy all the perks of “college town” life.