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Joel Tillman » Mr. TIllman's Bio

Mr. TIllman's Bio

This will be my 33rd year of teaching this age group.  I have taught, by choice :D, in several school systems:

Hixson Junior High in Chattanooga

Bradley Junior High in Cleveland, TN

Harriman High School, Roane County

Karns Middle School, Knox County

Cherokee Middle School in Roane County


I have also been a consulting clinician and conductor for  ETSBOA, MTSBOA,  Tennessee Secondary School's Band Director Association, the Virginia District 8 Honor Bands, the Hamilton County Honor Band, and the Tri-Lakes Honor Bands on several occasions all of which I consider a great honor to work with students all over the South.


I am also a professional freelance musician.  I have performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera where I was able to back artists such as Mel Torme, Judy Collins, Victor Borge, Bernadette Peters,  and Mark O'Connor.  I have performed with the Knoxville Symphony, Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, Al Curtis Orchestra, The Streamliners, the Oak Ridge Symphony as principal trumpet, the former Knoxville Wind Symphony, Knoxville Brassworx, Black Oak Brass and principal solo cornet with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, and Eb soprano cornet in the Jericho Brass Band.  In 2013 and 2014, I had the good fortune to play lead and utility trumpet with the touring Broadway ensemble performing "Mary Poppins" and the "Sound of Music" at the Tennessee Theatre and have had the pleasure of backing The Tempations in 2015 and 2019.