Justin Rowan

Spectacle Brass
Cleveland Institute of Music
Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Freelance Artist

XO Artist Since: 2014
Music Genre(s): Classical, Jazz

Favorite Band(s): Incubus
Who are your strongest influences?: Thomas Hooten, Boston Brass, Alison Balsom

Justin Rowan is an eclectic and versatile musician from Atlanta. He has performed in master classes and on stage with the Chicago Brass Quintet, Boston Brass, The American Brass Quintet, Thomas Hooten, Robert Spano of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Michael and Christopher Martin, The Boston Symphony horn section, and members of the brass sections of the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the inaugural National Brass Symposium. He also performs with Spectacle Brass, an Atlanta based brass quintet of which he is a founding member. Rowan serves as an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments and as a performing artist for XO Brass. During his time at Kennesaw State University, he studied with Jennifer Marotta, Thomas Hooten, Dr. Douglas Lindsey, and Karin Bliznik. He is currently studying with trumpeters Yvonne Toll, Kevin Lyons, Mike Tiscione, and is continuing his studies with Dr. Douglas Lindsey. While attending Kennesaw State, he was an active performer in all musical outlets and styles. He performed with the Kennesaw State Jazz Ensemble 1 as lead trumpet, as well as in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as principal trumpet. In 2011, Justin performed with the KSU Symphony orchestra on a concert tour of Beijing and Xian, China. Justin has performed in numerous states and venues across the country. In 2015, he attended the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas on full scholarship and performed as principal trumpet and as a section member in the Texas Festival Orchestra as well as in many chamber ensembles at the festival. In 2014, Justin performed with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, and also continues his duties as a substitute musician in the orchestra to this day as he has since 2011. In the summer of 2014 he attended the Bay View Music Festival and Spectrum Brass Seminar on scholarship with his colleagues in Spectacle Brass. In 2013 he studied extensively with José Sibaja and Boston Brass, and also played alongside them with the Colorado Brass Band at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Justin also was a finalist in the 2013 Calvin Smith Brass Quintet Competition with Spectacle Brass. In 2012, he was selected as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Music Educators’ Association All-College Band. In January of 2013, he played principal trumpet in the Kennesaw State University production of Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”, and in 2011 he performed in the same role on stage with the world renowned rock band “Kansas”. Rowan is also an avid educator in the Atlanta Area and beyond. Since 2012 he has fulfilled the duties of Educational Outreach Coordinator with Spectacle Brass. He maintains a studio of fifteen to twenty students throughout Metro Atlanta, and works with many middle and high school programs and their brass sections, and has served as a visual and brass instructor for multiple marching band programs. Justin has served as the Vice President and Treasurer of Kennesaw State University‘s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In 2011, Justin was one of 16 men to re-charter the Nu Theta chapter of ΦMA Sinfonia at Kennesaw State, of which he has served as President, Historian, and as Officer of Alumni Relations. He represented the fraternity on a national level as Assistant Collegiate Province Representative from 2012 to 2013.