Justin is a native of Appalachia, VA, where he began his percussion career in elementary school. He was a member of the Appalachia High School marching band as a snare drummer from grades 6-12.
For undergraduate studies, he attended Morehead State University. While there, he was a member of the MSU Marching Band, Indoor Drumline, Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Percussion Ensembles. He had the opportunity to study with Frank Oddis, Todd Wright, Greg Strouse, and Dr. Brian Mason.
He also participated in DCI as a member of The Volunteers Drum and Bugle Corps (Div II/III) in 1997, serving as section leader. Justin has served as a caption head/arranger/tech for various groups in DCI and WGI. From 2007-2011, he served as battery caption head for Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble, earning a bronze medal during the 2009 WGI season.
He has been a Percussion Specialist at Henry Clay HS, Lexington, KY since 2002. There he leads two percussion ensembles, the HC Steel Band, and maintains a private lesson studio. He also instructs and arranges for the Henry Clay HS Marching Band. Justin has also been a Percussion Specialist with the Tates Creek HS Band from 2002-2015. During this time, Justin has served as an educator/clinician at middle schools, high schools and universities in KY, TN, OH, NC, and VA.
He is a current member of NAFME, KMEA, and the Percussive Arts Society. Also, part of the Vic Firth Education Team as an MPS (Marching Percussion Specialist), since 2001. Justin currently resides in Lexington, Ky with his fiance, Barbara, and dogs Hank and Dee.