Joshua Ganger

Adjunct Prof. of Music, Trumpet & Chamber Music

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Trumpeter Joshua Ganger performs as a chamber musician, soloist, and ensemble member throughout the Midwest and East Coast. This year, Ganger will be giving the world premiere for James Stephenson’s “Concerto for Piccolo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble” with the Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble. He will also perform it with the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference as a part of the New Works Recital. This spring, Ganger will be giving recitals at Ball State University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Western Michigan University, and the Hartt School of Music.

Recently, Ganger was named Principal Trumpet with the Symphony of the Lakes. He has previously performed with the Alma Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and Marion Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Ganger has performed with the East Lansing, Carrolton, and Jimtown High School Bands as well as the Indiana Wesleyan University Orchestra. He also appeared as a soloist with the Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble at the 2013 Indiana Music Education Conference. As an educator, he has given masterclasses and recitals at Taylor University, Ball State University, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Last spring, Ganger presented at the College Music Society Pacific Southwest Conference with the Red Cedar Brass Quintet.

As a chamber musician, Ganger has traveled to Greece with the quintet to perform at the Exploring Brass Conference. Red Cedar also performed with Grammy Award winning Sones de Mexico. In 2012, Ganger founded Exalt Brass, a brass quartet that performs eclectic programs. Under his leadership, Exalt has performed in various churches and venues including the Kennedy Center, and D.C. Jazz Fest. Exalt Brass has also been an artist in residence with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington Teen Arts Performance camp and released two albums, “Silver Bells,” and “Exaltation.”

Ganger serves on faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University where he coaches the Honors Brass Quintet, teaches trumpet, and various other courses. Previously, he taught trumpet at Harmonic Music Studios in Chevy Chase, MD and was a Graduate Assistant in Music Education at Peabody.

Ganger graduated from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Josef Burgstaller, Phil Snedecor, Edward Hoffman, and David Fedderly and Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied with Tim Zimmerman. Currently, He is attending Michigan State University College of Music as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in trumpet performance where he was a Teaching Graduate Assistant and currently holds a Graduate Fellowship under the tutelage of Rich Illman and Justin Emerich.

Ganger is a Powell Trumpet Artist and performs on a Powell Custom B-flat Trumpet, C Trumpet, and Flugelhorn.


  • National Trumpet Competition Graduate Solo Division Semi-Finalist 2016 
  • Running Start Competition Winner, Michigan State University 2015 


  • Finalist, The United States Army Field Band 
  • Recitals and Presentations at College Music Society Pacific Southwest Regional  
  • Conference, Exploring Brass in Greece Conference, Ball State University, Taylor University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Peabody Conservatory, and Michigan State University.  
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Trumpet Studio, Michigan State University 
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Music Education Department, Peabody Conservatory 


  • Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate, Trumpet Performance, Michigan State University  
  • Master of Music, Trumpet Performance, Peabody Conservatory, May 2014 
  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education, Indiana Wesleyan University, August 2012 

Work History 

  • Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University Fall 2014-present 
  • Coach, Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, East Lansing, MI 2015 
  • Brass Instructor, Harmonic Studios, Chevy Chase, MD 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Peabody Conservatory, Fall 2012-May 2014 

Scores & Pieces 

Concerto in D Major by Johann Friedrich Fasch 

Piccolo Trumpet: Joshua Ganger 

Piano: Soojin Kang 

Recorded in Cook Recital Hall at Michigan State University 


L’esprit de la Trompette by Jim Stephenson 

E-flat Trumpet: Joshua Ganger 

Piano: Soojin Kang 

Recorded in Cook Recital Hall at Michigan State University 


Concerto in A-flat Major by Alexander Arutunian 

Trumpet: Joshua Ganger 

Piano: Hyekyung Lee 

Recorded in Cook Recital Hall at Michigan State University 


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