Joe Dixon is well known as a trombonist, lecturer on brass pedagogy, wind ensemble clinician, and authority on teaching techniques for young instrumentalists. He presents masterclasses throughout the United States to thousands of young performers each year and has served as Brass Consultant for dozens of Texas school music programs.
His principal teachers were Leon Brown (University of North Texas) and Allen Ostrander (Bass Trombone, New York Philharmonic; NBC Symphony under Toscanini). Additional study was with Roger Smith (Solo Trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Glenn Dodson (Assistant Principal Trombone, Chicago Symphony; Principal Trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra).
Joe Dixon began teaching trumpet and trombone at the age of 16 and by the age of 19 maintained a private studio of 120 students. His studio students have been welcomed at many of the world’s great music schools including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Indiana University, University of North Texas, Harvard University, Northwestern University and the Royal Academy of Music (London).
His students have performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI), San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles in North & South America, Europe, and Asia.
Joe Dixon has presented hundreds of teacher training programs and has given masterclasses and lectures at numerous universities, specialist schools, as well as music educator conventions. His mini-residencies and lectures have included visits to the New England Conservatory, Indiana University, St. Louis Low Brass Collective, University of Houston, University of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Southern Methodist University, and Baylor University, as well as presentations in Europe.
“The Edwards T396-A Alessi model allows wonderful versatility for the orchestral, solo, or chamber music trombonist.”