Joshua Bledsoe has garnered a reputation as a dynamic performer, engaging ensemble director, and inspired pedagogue. Known as a consummate chamber musician, he has toured the US extensively as a member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Presidio Brass, which has also afforded him the opportunity to present clinics and coachings at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. During the summers, Joshua serves as principal trombone of the MIssouri Symphony Orchestra, a position which he has held since 2012.
Known as an exciting showman, Joshua has appeared as soloist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Civic Band, Crestview High School Wind Ensemble, University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band, Southeastern Missouri State University Wind Ensemble, Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, and the Salt River Brass Band (*rearrange*). He has given recitals across the US, and been the winner of numerous international solo competitions including the 2004 International Trombone Association Solo Competition (now Gagliardi), the 2006 Yamaha Young Performing Artist award, 2007 MTNA Young Artist Award, 2008 Robert Marstellar Competition, and 2010 ITA Alto Trombone Competition.
Equally at home in the orchestra, Joshua serves as principal trombone of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, a summer festival orchestra under the direction of conducting powerhouse Kirk Trevor. He is also 2nd trombone with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, principal trombone of the Northwest Florida Ballet Orchestra, and section trombone of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Previous positions include principal trombone of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Southwest, and Conway Symphony Orchestras. Joshua has also appeared with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia GulfCoast, Mobile Symphony, and Ocala Symphony Orchestra.
Josh currently directs the Jazz Ensemble at Pensacola State College in Pensacola, FL. He has been on the faculties of the University of West Florida, Northwest Florida State College, and the University of Central Arkansas. Josh is in demand as an ensemble clinician and conductor, known for bringing students to peak performance through fearless musical expression and free movement of the air stream.
Joshua received his Bachelors of Music from Florida State University, and MM and DMA from Arizona State University. His teachers include musical legends J. Samuel Pilafian (founding member, Empire Brass) Ralph Sauer (former principal, Los Angeles Philharmonic), Gail Wilson (former principal, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra), Michael Becker (principal, Tucson Symphony Orchestra), Mark Lawrence (former principal, San Francisco Symphony), and Dr. John Drew (Florida State University).
Josh performs exclusively on XO Brass instruments.