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Dr. Drew began his musical training at The University of Maine, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2005. He then continued his studies at the University of Maryland, where he received a Master's Degree in Music Performance.  He completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Music Performance in 2019. His principal teachers include Gregory Miller, Denise Tryon, Suzanne Gonsalves and Wanda Whitener. He has also been highly influenced by studies with William VerMeulen, James Ross, Eric Ruske and Phil Munds.


Teaching Experience includes:


  • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK, Lecturer of Horn; 2019 - present

  • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY,  Adjunct Horn Instructor; 2014 – 2019

  • MARYLAND CLASSIC YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, Horn Faculty; 2014 - present

  • POTOMAC VALLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, Sectional Coach; 2014 - present


  • WASHINGTON BRASS INSTITUTE, Horn Instructor; 2014 - present

  • DC YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, Substitute Wind Sectional Coach; 2013 - 2015

  • PRIVATE TEACHING STUDIO, Int/Adv. All age levels; 2002 - present

  • BULLIS SCHOOL, Horn Faculty; 2012 – 2014

  • MUSIC & ARTS, Horn Instructor; 2013 – 2014

  • WASHINGTON CONSERVATORY, Substitute Horn Instructor; 2011 – 2012

  • MAINE SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC CAMP, Horn Instructor/Brass Ensemble Coach; 2002 – 2012

  • OLD TOWN HIGH SCHOOL – OLD TOWN, ME, Brass Sectional Coach; 2002 – 2004

Private Lessons


Outside of the University of Maryland, Dr. Drew's private studio is based in Potomac, MD and includes French horn students from Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Howard County, and Washington DC. Many of Justin's young students audition and participate in County and All-State Festivals in Maryland, as well as Youth Orchestra Programs such as MCYO and the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra. Graduating High School students have recently gone to study music at Cleveland Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music, both with significant scholarships.


Lessons include but are not limited to: physical set-up and mechanics, technique and efficiency, etudes and solo literature from the standard repertoire, sight-reading, instrument maintenance, ensemble skills training, and methods of practicing. Students will also develop crucial transferable skills for a future in any profession such as creativity, confidence, problem-solving, focus, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability. Check out some of the great resources Justin recommends in the Student Corner.


Students are accepted into the studio based on audition, availability and progress toward their goals, which are tailored to the individual and reassessed regularly.  

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras


Justin serves as a sectional coach for the Young Artist, Symphony, and Philharmonic Orchestras at MCYO throughout the year. The mission of MCYO is to nurture, develop and advance young talented musicians in a quality orchestral program. In addition to the groups Justin coaches, MCYO offers a third full orchestra, two string orchestras ,and other chamber ensembles to over 450 talented musicians in grades 3-12.


Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras


Justin serves as a sectional coach for the Symphony Orchestra at PVYO throughout the year. The mission of PVYO is to advance and inspire the development of young talented musicians of the Washington, D.C. region by providing intensive training and unparalleled performance opportunities. They also build self-esteem through proficiency and commitment in a nurturing and constructive educational setting.

Interested in lessons?
Contact Justin with any questions regarding rates and availability.
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