Dr. Joseph W. Frye, Assistant Professor of Trombone

Dr. Joseph W. Frye joined the music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2011. In addition to instructing the trombone students, he also teaches courses in Music Technology, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Music Appreciation. Prior to his appointment at UTM, Dr. Frye freelanced on trombone and euphonium, toured around the globe with Princess Cruise Lines, and served as trombonist with several bands and orchestras, performing alongside artists including Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Marcus Belgrave, Rich Ridenour, and the Four Freshmen.

His teaching experience includes classroom and applied teaching, coaching individuals and chamber ensembles, masterclasses, and public school and university teaching in Tennessee, Florida, West Virginia, and Texas. In addition to coaching brass sections and chamber ensembles, Dr. Frye has instructed students on tenor and bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

Joseph is also very proud to have used his musical talents to in service of our country, serving for ten years in the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains stationed at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a member of the 572nd, he held the rank of Staff Sergeant and played euphonium, tenor and bass trombone, and frequently appeared as trombone soloist.

Dr. Frye holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His primary trombone instructors and mentors are John Drew, Don Hough, Lawrence Borden, and Brad Kinney.


Dr. Frye is also intrigued by the history of the trombone, most notably the turn of the century trombone soloists. His Doctoral Treatise, entitled A Biographical Study of the Trombonists of the John Philip Sousa Band: 1892-1931 was the product of his research into the lives of the celebrated trombone soloists of the Sousa Band including Ralph Corey, John P. Schueler, Leo Zimmerman, and Arthur Pryor.



Contact Information

  • Office Location:
    366 Clement Hall
    Department of Music,
    The University of Tennessee at Martin
    Martin, Tennessee (Map)
  • Email:  jfrye3@utm.edu
  • Office Phone:  731.881.3403
  • Mailing Address:
    The University of Tennessee at Martin
    Department of Music
    Martin, TN 38238


Fun Facts

  • I play on a S.E. Shires custom-built Tenor trombone & and a Conn 36H alto trombone
  • I don't drink coffee
  • I enjoy grilling, and would grill everyday if I could!
  • My favorite composer is Gustav Mahler
  • I was the worst trombone player in my beginning class-eighth chair out of eight!
  • When not playing music, I love spending time with my beautiful wife, our wonderful son, and our cat Socrates