Posting Date: January 17, 2012
Meet Justin Rowan: A second-generation musician
By Kendrick Gaston
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Justin inherited his passion for music from his father. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Justin began playing his father's old trumpet at age 11 and soon after joined his middle school marching band and played the trumpet throughout high school.
In order to improve his skills, Justin took private trumpet lessons with trumpet instructor Phil Ehrmann. In 2010, Justin performed with the seven-time Drum Corps International world champions, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the highest achievement a member of a marching band can receive.
Growing up in Kennesaw, KSU was the number one choice for Justin. “I am amazed by the talent pool of the KSU staff, such as Michael Alexander, orchestra director at Kennesaw State and the music director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestras; and Tom Hooten, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” Justin stated.
Today, the junior is a double major in music education and music performance. “Before coming to KSU I thought all I could do with a music degree was teach.” Justin says. “Thanks to my professors, I have been exposed to a board range of music and performances, that’s why I added performance to my major.” David Kehler and Michael Alexander are his favorite professors who have helped him grow as a musician. Kehler, associate professor of music and director of the KSU wind ensemble, states, "Justin is a very talented, intelligent and hard working trumpet student. It has been a pleasure watching him mature and progress. His love of music and the trumpet is fantastic!"
Justin performs with the KSU orchestra and jazz ensembles. Earlier this year, Justin toured China with the KSU wind ensemble. “Justin is an outstanding student with a great work ethic and has improved so much in his time here,” say orchestra director, Alexander. “He has such enjoyment in the way he approaches music and it is a pleasure to work with him.”
When he is not performing with KSU, Justin serves the community by singing at retirement homes, working with the Forsyth marching band part-time and giving private trumpet lessons.
After graduation, Justin wants to pursue a master’s degree in music performance and find his niche as a performer.