Biographical Info

Joshua Jern is a trumpet/flugelhorn player, composer, arranger, and teacher living and working in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from Oak Forest High School in suburban Oak Forest and received a B.A. in Trumpet Performance from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Chicago College Of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Joshua Jern has performed with numerous acts and ensembles, including the Buddy Rich Big Band, Florence Henderson, Patti Page, the Rob Parton Big Band, Shout Section Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, the Michael Lerich Orchestra, and Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra, and the Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band, to name a few.  He has played for two Chicago mayors (Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley), current mayor of London Sadiq Khan, former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, and former U.K. Prime Minister John Major .  He’s played in countless venues throughout the area- the many theaters in the city and outlying suburbs, ballrooms of the wonderful hotels and convention centers on Michigan Avenue, and nightclubs in all parts of town such as Fitzgerald’s in the west suburbs and the famous Green Mill on the north side.  An accomplished veteran of the orchestra pit, Joshua Jern has played for professional productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Mame, The Blues Brothers Reunion (produced by Dan Akroyd and the Belushi estate), Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Andrews Brothers, and Baby! in Chicago, as well as the national tour of A Christmas Story, the musical.  No stranger to the recording studio setting, Joshua Jern has recorded in numerous studios throughout the Chicago-land area for many different musical projects.

While maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, Joshua Jern also finds time to focus on music education.  As a clinician and adjudicator in suburban Chicago, he has the opportunity to present practical knowledge of pro-level performance in accessible ways to help students along their path of ultimately experiencing the enjoyment of creating music.  Jern also maintains a private studio of select students who are dedicated to learning how to better play the trumpet.