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Bass Guitar, Guitar, String Bass, Jazz Improvisation
Joshua began his career in music at age 7, when he started taking viola lessons. He hated it, and promptly quit.
The following year, he started taking alto saxophone lessons, which he loved. Josh continued to play alto and tenor saxophone until 10th grade, when he switched to the bass clarinet (and its granddad, the contra-bass clarinet). He even played tuba for a year in 12th grade!
Josh came to his current instruments at age 14. Having previously taken guitar lessons, he decided to take up electric bass when the only bass player in his small hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ decided to move to upstate NY. Thinking, "There's only four strings, I can play that!", Josh convinced his mother to buy him a used Charvel 4-string for his 8th grade graduation. He took lessons for a few months, then decided to strike out on his own. Discovering the music of Primus at age 16 opened new doors, and Josh knew at that moment that he would grow up to be a professional bassist. He took over the bass slot in his high school jazz band, joined the orchestra to learn the double bass, attended the National Guitar Workshop for several summers (eventually becoming a full-time faculty member) and was accepted to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Six years later, Josh emerged with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance AND and Master of Music in Jazz Studies, with a focus on the double bass. He is currently active in the greater Philadelphia area, teaching privately, performing in many local theater productions, and running his own educational YouTube channel, Play Metal Bass.
Josh's local performance credits include stints with The Sobriquets/The Way Home, The George Urgo Blues Band, The Elizabeth Ross Quintet, Rosemary Ostrowski & The Third Way, and Negation Delirium. His theater work has taken him to the Merriam Theater, the Prince Theater, the Arden, Media Theater, Society Hill Playhouse, Plays & Players, and more. Nationally, Josh has performed with Belgian death metal band Aborted, and has appeared on NBC's "The 10! Show" and USA Network's "The Choir".
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