Joseph Muñoz is a trombonist from the city of San Diego, California. He received his Bachelor of Music in Performance with Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he performed with the Symphony Band under Michael Haithcock, the University Philharmonic under Andrew George, and the Jazz Ensemble under Ellen Rowe. He studied classical performance practice with David Jackson and jazz improvisation and big band writing with Dennis Wilson. He has coached with such artists as Ron Barron, Larry Zalkind, Eighth Blackbird, Michael Powell, John Rojak and Alex Illes. He has performed with artists such as Nnenna Freelon, Deborah Voigt, Steve Turre, Ray Mase and Phil Wilson. He has played under the baton of such conductors as Jerry Blackstone, James Conlon, Michael Stern, Andre Boreyko, Lawrence Foster, Peter Oundjian and David Zinman.
Joey has attended the Idyllwild Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has been the recipient of both the Aspen Chamber Symphony Fellowship, performing Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds, and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra Fellowship. While there he studied under the tutelage of Per Brevig and Warren Deck. Joey will be returning to UCLA for DMA studies after completing his master's with James Miller, acting principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While at UCLA, he played under Neal Stulberg, Patrick Sheridan, and Timothy Salzman. He is currently the principal trombone of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and is an active freelancer in the Los Angeles area.