A native Californian, Joseph Gray grew up in Oceanside. Joe Attended California State University at Long Beach where he studied trumpet with Robert Frear and David Washburn, receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance in December 2007. He then went on to complete his Master of Music from the University of New Mexico where he was the graduate assistant for the studio of Dr. John Marchiando. Joe is currently working towards his Doctorate of the Musical Arts in trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin Madison where he is a Bolz Fellowship recipient and assistant for the studio of John Aley. Joe has performed with the New Mexico and Madison Symphonies and held the position of Principal Trumpet with Opera Southwest. Joe currently plays 2nd trumpet with the newly formed Madison Repertory Orchestra and is on faculty at Falls Baptist College in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Some of Joe’s performances can be heard on the Naxos label and have been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program “Performance Today”. Joe has also been involved in the drum corps activity for over 17 years. As a performer, Joe was a member of the Velvet Knights and Blue Devils. As an educator, Joe served as brass instructor for the Blue Devils and the Academy, as well as brass caption head for the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps of San Diego, CA. Joe is vey excited to enter his third year as brass instructor with the Phantom Regiment.