Josh Decker has a diverse musical background, playing in symphony orchestras, big bands, and funk ensembles. Most recently, Josh co-founded Pittsburgh’s own “Employees of Funk,” a brass funk band rooted in New Orleans style brass band playing and progressive funk band styles. Josh holds a Music Education degree from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as a Masters in Trumpet performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra, George Vosburgh. While in Pittsburgh, Josh played Principal trumpet with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and most notability on Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.
Currently, Josh resides in the Columbus area as a passionate music educator and freelance musician. Josh is a section player with the Newark-Granville symphony orchestra, Westerville Symphony and plays in numerous chamber groups around town. Josh’s philosophy as a trumpet instructor is “Develop your own sound, play all of the styles that are required of a trumpet player, and never put the horn down.”