Justin Truitt - An accomplished composer, clinician, drummer/percussionist, and educator in Las Vegas who has been playing since the age of three. Justin has had the opportunity to play with many musicians and has performed all around the country and Mexico. Justin has received two Bachelor’s degrees from UNLV with emphasis in Music Education and Percussion Performance. In 2009 he completed his Masters of Music degree in Percussion Performance (UNLV).
As a performer, Justin has excelled in the World of Drum and Bugle Corps, having marched with the Phantom Legion in 1999 and the Phantom Regiment in 2002. That same year he became a World Champion percussionist, by winning Drum Corps International’s Individual Solo and Ensemble competition for his original composition, “Dream Wave”. Since that time Justin has appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine and Percussive Notes for his contributions to percussion. Justin has also had a successful career as a drum set player and percussionist on the Las Vegas strip and on the west coast performing with many singer-songwriters and the top Blues artists from in and around Las Vegas. Justin is currently a freelance drummer while also playing with his Americana/ Blues/ Zydeco band, Vegas Strip Kings.
Justin formally served as the Director of Bands, Guitar and Percussion at Spring Valley High School which has received excellent and superior ratings every year of Truitt’s tenure (2004-2013). Justin is currently the Director of Orchestras and Percussion at Lied Middle School. Mr. Truitt also serves as the Vice President of the Nevada Percussive Arts Society. Over the past twelve years, Justin has built a successful private lesson studio, which specializes in all areas of percussion concentration. Justin has been a clinician for the Nevada Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion for the last seven years. In January of 2011, Truitt’s article “Teaching Percussion in Las Vegas” was featured on Prof. Johnny Lee Lane’s website; www.proflane.com.
Justin remains an active composer, performer and educator in the Las Vegas valley while endorsing; Randall May International, Remo Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Yamaha Drums & Percussion.