Joseph Boga

(Photography by Kathy Fallon Photography)

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

In jazz, he leads his own small groups and can be heard and seen performing with a variety of esteemed ensembles such as Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, Ron Wasserman's NYJazzharmonic, The Kyle Athayde Dance Party, and acclaimed artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Gordon Webster, Adrian Cunningham, Tatiana Eva-Marie, and many others.

Classically he has performed with a variety of orchestras and small ensembles as a soloist and as an ensemble player, including The International Contemporary Ensemble, The Garden State Philharmonic, The New York Trumpet Ensemble, The Scranton Brass Orchestra, and The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, among others.

Joseph's musical versatility has led to performances in a wide array of musical genres, including with rock and pop artists such as Grammy award-winning producer and musician Mark Hudson, as well as avante-garde and experimental music groups.

Ensembles and artists Joseph has recorded with include Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band, The Kyle Athayde Dance Party, Ron Wasserman's NYJazzHarmonic Trad Jazz Sextet, Wycliffe Gordon, and Jools Holland.

As a composer and arranger, Joseph has written for brass orchestra, big band, string orchestra, choir, and has written extensively for various sized jazz ensembles.

He has offered masterclasses and clinics nationally and internationally, and has served as guest faculty for The Lafayette Summer Music Workshop In California, The Juilliard Jazz Camp in Atlanta, and The Scranton Brass Seminar. In 2019 he was the guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's District 9 Jazz Band. He also 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 many times with The Wynton Marsalis Quartet.

Joseph also plays piano and bass.