Josh Calkin, D.M.A.
Bands, Low Brass



Dr. Josh Calkin is currently Instructor of Low Brass and Assistant Director of Bands at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. His duties at WSC include teaching all applied low brass, directing the Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Pep Band and Symphonic Band, assisting with the Marching Band, and teaching low brass methods and jazz pedagogy.

Josh maintains an active performing schedule, both as a recitalist and in area ensembles. Recent solo appearances include recitals at the 2013 and 2011 Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conferences, and guest appearances at Hastings College and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He also recently appeared as a featured soloist with the Sioux City Municipal Band, the Wayne State College Wind Ensemble and the Bishop Heelan High School Concert Band. Josh is the tubist with the Sioux City Symphony Brass Quintet and A Touch of Brass, Principal Tubist with the Sioux City Municipal Band and the Siouxland All-America Band, Substitute Tuba with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and sousaphonist with the Crazy Eight Brass Band.

Josh is also an in-demand clinician and teacher. Recent highlights include guest clinician with the Nebraska Class C All-State Band, clinician with the Wayne State College Honor Band, and adjudicator for the Northeast Jazz Festival and Nebraska District Music Contest.

Josh is a member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, the International Trombone Association, the Nebraska Bandmasters' Association, and the Nebraska Music Educators' Association. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band fraternity. He is a 2004 inductee into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award at the University of Iowa. He has studied tuba with John Manning, Michael Fischer, Thom Untersee and Matt Walters. He has also studied trombone with James Chesebrough and conducting with Marcellus Brown and Gary Corcoran.

In his spare time Josh enjoys golfing, reading, and cycling, and is an avid martial artist. He is active in the Wayne Community Theater and Wayne Lodge #120, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He lives in Wayne with his wife, Lauren, and their Great Dane, Roosevelt.


Visit Dr. Calkin's Low Brass Studio website at


Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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