Justin Esiason graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and African-American Music Studies as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Before graduating University, he studied music education for a year. While studying trumpet under Professors Eric Berlin and Jeffrey Holmes, he surmised that many musical styles depend on, and are deepened by, a knowledge across all different genres.
Justin is a professional trumpet player, having shared the stage with musicians such as Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, Aron Hodek, The JLS Experience, and Doobie Powell. Along with his many other engagements, he plays regularly in 30’s swing band Dan Gabel and the Abletones, as well as local wind ensemble The Valley Winds. Justin is also a professional music composer and arranger. He has written and arranged music for UMass Jazz Ensemble 1, UMass Trumpet Ensemble 1, and video game Project Borealis.
Justin grew up in Warren, MA and now lives in Worcester. He loves teaching and playing music in his community, and joined the Downtown Sounds faculty in 2019.
His teachers include Chris Glanville, Chris Beaudry, Rob Raymond, Lucy Colwell, Tony D’Aveni, Eric Berlin, Jeffrey Holmes, Felipe Salles, Tom Giampietro, Fumi Tomita, and Cathy Jensen-Hole.