Joseph Frye

Joseph Frye, Principal Trombone of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and educator. In fall 2011, he started in his current position as Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

As a soloist and clinician, Joseph has performed at the International Trombone Festival (ITF), American Trombone Workshop, Clarinetfest, and the Promising Young Artists of the 21st Century program. He has given many solo recitals, masterclasses, lectures, and presentations around the United States.

Joseph is an advocate for trombone chamber music. He is a founding member of the Great River Trombone Quartet and has performed with the Lone Star Brass Quintet. His most recent collaboration is Duo Atypique, a clarinet and trombone duo formed with his wife, Christa, that explores the possibilities of this rather unique combination of instruments.

In addition to his position with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Frye has also performed with the Jackson, Midland-Odessa, Tallahassee, Albany, Knoxville and Oak Ridge symphonies, the Westar Brass Band, and served as a trombonist for Princess Cruise Lines. Frye also served as a low brass specialist in the Air National Guard, performing with the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and performed on tenor and bass trombone, euphonium, and also served as trombone soloist.

Joseph received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Music and a Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University. He studied with John Drew, Don Hough, Lawrence Borden, and Brad Kinney. He resides in Martin, Tennessee, with his wife Christa and their son, Brayden.

Dr. Frye is an artist for the Thein Instrument Company and performs on the Thein Bel Canto trombone and the Thein Alto Trombone “Friedman”.