Missouri Symphony Orchestra
Northwest Florida State College
Described by Samuel Pilafian as a "great young brass virtuoso," Joshua Bledsoe has established himself as one of the premier performers amongst a new generation of musicians.
Joshua has received acclaim on the international stage as an exciting young soloist. Credits include winning the '10 International Trombone Association Alto Trombone Competition, '08 International Trombone Association Marsteller Solo Competition, '07 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, '06 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award and '04 International Trombone Association Solo Competition. Joshua has performed as soloist with the University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band, Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, Southeast Missouri State Wind Ensemble, Pensacola Civic Band, Salt River Brass, in opening ceremonies of the Bands of America summer festival, and most recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Crestview High School Wind Ensemble.
Equally at home in the orchestra, Joshua serves as Principal Trombone with the Missouri Symphony, 2nd Trombone with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and has held positions/appeared with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Southwest, Mesa Symphony Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
Joshua was born into a family of music educators, and has quickly been identified as one of the brightest educators of his generation, having served on the teaching faculties of the University of Central Arkansas and Arizona State University. He credits his own incredible teachers for his many successes in the field of education. Bledsoe's teachers include Ralph Sauer (Principal Trombone, LA Phil), J. Samuel Pilafan (University of Miami, Founding Member - Empire Brass Quintet) Gail Eugene Wilson (Principal Trombone, Phoenix Symphony), Michael Becker (Principal Trombone, Tucson Symphony), Mark Lawrence (Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony - Music Academy of the West) John Drew (Professor, Florida State University) and Don Snowden (Music Department Head, Pensacola State College).
Joshua received the BM from Florida State University and MM from Arizona State University. Joshua is finishing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Arizona State University.