Joshua Roach, D.M.A.

Asst Prof of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities
Instrumental Music, Trumpet, Conducting
Department of Music
Office location

Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts, Rm. 120

Office hours

By appointment.

jroach [at]



Dr. Roach is the Director of Instrumental Activities. He leads the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble and also teaches trumpet, conducting, and other courses in the music curriculum. He has also taught at Peru State College, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, The College of New Jersey, California Lutheran University, and Southwest Michigan College. He has provided clinics to bands and orchestras from across the United States and has been a guest conductor for the Los Angeles Winds, cover conductor for Pacific Symphony, and assistant conductor for the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, he has worked with the Irvine Young Concert Artists in Korea and China and also as assistant conductor for the Landesjugendorchester of Baden-Württemberg, a highly selective youth orchestra in Southern Germany.

Before pursuing teaching full-time in higher education, Roach resided in Los Angeles, where he was the music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, instrumental coach for the “Grammy Signature School Award” Diamond Bar High School, and orchestra manager for the USC Thornton School of Music. For eleven years, he spent his summers teaching at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program where he worked with domestic and international middle and high school students. From 2015-2017, he was on the brass staff for the Phantom Regiment drum and bugle corps.

Ensembles in Southern California, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey have performed Roach’s compositions and arrangements, and his television music has been played on network broadcast shows such as Sport Science, Crime 360, Project Runway, and Last American Cowboy. He has assisted in productions by Turner Classic Films, PBS, Fox, Universal, and DreamWorks. In addition to the works available on his website, he is also published by Murphy Music Press.

Dr. Roach is a member of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Educators, Conductor’s Guild, College Band Directors National Association, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. At the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, he earned a bachelor of music degree in performance, graduate certificate in scoring for motion pictures and television, and a master of music degree in instrumental conducting. At the University of Michigan, he earned a doctoral degree in wind conducting. Roach’s primary conducting teachers and mentors have been Michael Haithcock, Larry Livingston, Carl St.Clair, H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery. He studied composition with Frederick Lesemann, Jack Smalley, and David Spear. He has studied trumpet performance with Boyde Hood, Timothy Morrison, Russell Plylar, Judith Saxton, and Mark Niehaus.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting | University of Michigan (2017)

Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting | University of Southern California (2012)

Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television | University of Southern California (2006)

Bachelor of Music in Performance | University of Southern California (2005)

Courses taught
  • Music 1040 University Band
  • Music 1100 Jazz Band
  • Music 1300/2300/3300/4300 Trumpet Lessons
  • Music 2500 Conducting I
  • Music 3610 Arranging and Instrumentation
Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

College Band Directors National Association

National Association for Music Education

Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

Nebraska Music Educators Association