Justin Drew is a distinguished musician and teacher based in the DC area. A native of Scarborough, ME, Justin grew up in a family influenced by music. While beginning his musical studies on the trumpet he performed at the Annual Key Bank Jazz Festival with notables such as Dave Brubeck, Cleo Laine and Wynton Marsalis. Although jazz trumpet was a passion of his, Justin decided to make French Horn his focus mid-way through completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Maine, Orono. He continued studies on the horn earning a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Maryland, where he is currently a Doctoral Candidate. During the summers in school Justin participated in the National Orchestral Institute and the Las Vegas Music Festival.
Justin’s performance schedule often takes him up and down the east coast, stretching from Maine to Florida. Locally, he serves as Third Horn of the National Philharmonic, Principal Horn of the Gourmet Symphony, and Second Horn of the Apollo Orchestra and Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. In addition, he has appeared with the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Boca Sinfonia, Palm Beach Symphony and Southwest Florida Symphony among others. Justin's opera orchestra engagements include performances with the North Carolina Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, Palm Beach Opera, and Florida Grand Opera.
Justin has enjoyed a vast array of Chamber Music opportunities. In July 2015, Justin served as the hornist for a brass quintet residency held at the University of Maine in Orono. He has also performed with Boston Brass, the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Carolina Brass, and has joined many quintets with premiere military musicians in the DC area. In 2007, Justin joined the legendary late oboist Ray Still and musicians of the “President’s Own” Marine Band in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Quintet in Eb. He has also appeared in chamber performances on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and at the Strathmore Mansion.
Outside of orchestral work, Justin performs as solo hornist for Arena Stage in Washington, DC. In 2014 he joined the Grammy Nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra to record their second album, American Aggregate on the label Sono Luminus. Later that year he joined as 4th horn with the United States West Point Band on their first recording project in HD surround sound under the multi Grammy Award winning label Reference Recordings. In May 2014, Justin participated in a film score recording for Emmy award winning composer Michael Josephs. He has also toured and recorded with the United States Air Force Band in April 2016.
Justin is a dedicated teacher with over 12 years of experience. In addition to his private teaching studio based in College Park, he serves as Adjunct Horn Faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and coaches sectionals for Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras. In the past he also taught at the Bullis School and for DC Youth Orchestra sectionals. For 11 summers, Justin served as Horn Instructor and Brass Choir Director for the University of Maine Summer Youth Music Camp in Orono, ME, where he also performed numerous solo recitals. His principal teachers include Gregory Miller, Denise Tryon, Suzanne Gonsalves and Wanda Whitener. Justin has also been highly influenced by studies with William VerMeulen, James Ross, Eric Ruske and Phil Munds.