Joseph Boga

(Photography by Kathy Fallon Photography)

Joseph Boga is equally comfortable performing in both classical and jazz genres. His trumpet teachers have included Mark Gould, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Gekker, Joe Magnarelli, and Chris Jaudes. He has performed in a diverse array of venues, both in the U.S. and abroad, with an impressive array of both established and emerging artists.

In jazz, he leads his own octet; performs regularly with James Langton and the New York All-Star Big Band, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Professor Adrian Cunningham and His Old School, Ron Wasserman's NYJazzharmonic Trad Jazz Sextet, and The Kyle Athayde Dance Party; and has performed with The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, Septet and Big Band, Loren Schoenberg and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars, Phil Woods & Rick Chamberlain's Deerhead Inn Big Band, and many others. He has also performed with ensembles backing featured singers such as Michael Feinstein,Chris Norton,  Giselle, Tatiana Eva Marie, Mitch Winehouse, Cyrille Aimee, Charenee Wade, Nellie McKay, Jane Monheit, Martina DaSilva, Candace Hoyes, and others.

Classically he has appeared as a soloist with a number of ensembles, including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic as their 2014-15 Emerging Artist, the Bucknell University Wind Ensemble, and the Scranton Brass Orchestra, among others; the legendary The New York Trumpet Ensemble led by Mark Gould; and has performed with a variety of brass quintets and  orchestras in the New York tri-state area, including multiple performances of Louis Andriessen’s “De Materie” in March with The International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel.

As a composer and arranger, Joseph has written for brass orchestra, big band, and string orchestra, recently completed his third commissioned work for choir, and has written extensively for jazz octet and jazz combo.

Joseph has offered masterclasses and clinics in seven states; has served on the faculty of The Scranton Brass Seminar, The Juilliard Jazz Camp in Atlanta, and The Sitka Jazz Festival in Alaska; has offered a clinic at COTA CampJazz as part of The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts educational outreach offerings; and maintains a small private trumpet studio enrollment.

A 2014 graduate of The Juilliard School, Boga received a number of musical and academic awards and honors during his student days, including The Billy Strayhorn Scholarship at The Juilliard School, The Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in summer of 2012, the position of principal trumpet for the 2009 MENC All-Eastern Orchestra, The COTA Phil Woods Award, and the PMEA D9 William Gasbarro Award, among others. As a teenager, he had the privilege of appearing with The Wynton Marsalis Quartet.

Joseph also plays piano, bass, alto clarinet, and is an accomplished back-up vocalist.