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 studio, he also teaches courses in Music Technology, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Brass Methods, and Aural Skills. Prior to his appointment at UTM, Dr. Frye freelanced, toured around the globe with Princess Cruise Lines, and served as trombonist with several 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.
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. With 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 Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from The Florida State University. His primary trombone instructors and mentors are John Drew, Don Hough, Lawrence Borden, and Brad Kinney.