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Note from Mike:

Justin is my longest running assistant (on-and-off since 2007). After earning his second degree in 2021, Justin became an engineer for Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems sector. He’s now reduced his teaching to only workshops and very specialized, case-by-case lessons. Justin has also allowed selected students to job shadow him during rehearsals, e.g. Pioneer Theatre, etc. (when permitted). Since 2001 (when I started teaching him), Justin has always impressed, and proved that all dreams are reachable. If you are interested in a single (hyper-focused) instructional session, etc., please call for scheduling possiblities. Justin is considered an “off campus” teacher.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Justin began playing drums at the age of 12. He studied through private lessons for eight years, and school band in middle and high school. In his junior year, he played for the school musical, Guys and Dolls. From that moment forward he would primarily seek to play drums and percussion for musicals. In all, Justin has played for over 35 theater productions and was the resident drummer for Utah Repertory Theater Company, and The Ziegfeld Theater Company. In addition, he was the drummer/percussionist for the Farewell National Broadway Tour of Elf, the Musical. He continues to contribute to local community and professional theater and averages four to five productions per year.

In addition to theater, Justin has sailed the seas as a cruise ship drummer with Celebrity Cruises. His time on the ship has taken him to seven countries, including three times through the Panama Canal, and a summer in Alaska. Aboard the ship, Justin was the orchestra drummer and spent his time playing the ship’s three production shows, jazz sets in the lounges, and backing guest entertainers. The jazz sets and guest entertainer shows were all sight read, which motivates Justin to include sight reading training in his lessons.

Justin is also the drummer for The Wayne Hoskins Band, and is in the backing band for local singer MYKAH. With The Wayne Hoskins Band, Justin has opened for some of the country’s top touring acts.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Utah and is finishing an additional bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering. In his free time, Justin enjoys exercising, watching TV, practicing drums and percussion, and spending time with his wife Alison, and beagle Bella.
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