Justin Cook is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Central Arkansas where he teaches studio trombone, trombone choir, brass ensembles, and low brass methods. Prior to his appointment at UCA, Mr. Cook was on the faculties of Tarleton State University and Eastfield College. He has also been on staff at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.
Justin Cook holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University, and is currently working toward his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas. He has studied conducting with Dr. Daniel Schmidt and trombone with David Vining, Jan Kagarice, Dr. Vern Kagarice and Tony Baker. While at the University of North Texas, Justin performed as a member of the internationally acclaimed North Texas Wind Symphony and can be heard on the GIA Windworks series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band . During the summer of 2009, Mr. Cook was chosen as one of 18 international tenor trombonists to attend the Alessi Seminar where he had the opportunity to work with Joseph Alessi and Peter Ellefson.
Recently, Justin has been featured as a soloist with the Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony and the Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble. Justin is a member of the Bell Street Four Trombone Quartet, winners of the 2008 ITA Trombone Quartet Competition and featured performer at the Texas Music Educator s Convention. Mr. Cook was also named Honorable Mention in the International Trombone Association s Frank E. Smith Solo Competition in 2008.
Equally at home as an educator and performer, Mr. Cook had a large and active studio in Flower Mound, Texas. His students have had success in region, area, and all-state bands as well as continuing on at different prestigious universities throughout the country. Mr. Cook was also active with the Flower Mound Marching Band where he served as the Brass Caption Head and helped with visual instruction of the band. In the DFW area Mr. Cook has performed with the Abilene Philharmonic, Irving Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, and Lyric Stage s Musical Productions at the Irving Arts Center. Most recently Mr. Cook performed in the pit for the national tour of Mary Poppins as a part of Dallas Summer Musicals.