COUNTRY United States
Justin is an accomplished arranger, composer, clinician, drummer/percussionist, and educator in Las Vegas who has been playing since the age of three. He has had the opportunity to play with many musicians and has performed nightly on the Las Vegas strip. Justin holds two Bachelor's degrees from UNLV with emphasis in Music Education and Percussion Performance as well as a Masters of Music degree in Percussion Performance from 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 Note. "Dream Wave" has become a standard in vibraphone repertoire at The University of Maryland and is becoming popular around the World as well.
Justin has had a successful career as a drum set player and percussionist on the "Las Vegas Strip" performing nightly in such venues as: Bally's, Peppermill Concert Hall, Casablanca Hotel and Casino, Mandalay Bay, The Tropicana, Planet Hollywood, House of Blues as well as several night clubs including the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, Ca. Having performed or studied with Dr. Dean Gronemeier, Dr. Tim Jones, Jolana Adamson, Robert Anthony, Rick Berthod, Ronee Mac, Alvin Blaine, Willie Chambers, Pete Contino, Russell Ferrante, Will Kennedy, Jimmy Hayslip, Eric Marienthal, Ralph Humphrey, Daniel "Bass Face" Ragan, Kurt Rasmussen, Ronnie Vannucci and Daylon Wear just to name a few. Currently, Justin is performing with several bands including; Rockhall Doctors & And The Wolf, while guest appearing with Contino & The Rick Berthod Band. Justin also appears as a guest drummer at Faith Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV.
As an educator, Justin is the Director of Bands, Guitar & Percussion at Spring Valley High School which has received numerous excellent and superior ratings every year of Justin's tenure. Justin was the Assistant Director/ Front Ensemble Specialist of the Vegas Vanguard Independent Drumline from 2004-2008. In 2006 this group won the Southern California Percussion Alliance Championships. Justin also has a successful private lesson studio which specializes in all areas of percussion concentration. In January of 2011, Truitt had a featured article about teaching percussion in Las Vegas. The article appears on Prof. Johnny Lee Lane's website; www.proflane.com.
Justin remains an active composer, percussion arranger, performer and educator in the Las Vegas valley while endorsing Generation Custom Drums, The DrumZone, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, SABIAN Cymbals, Remo drum heads, Randall May International and Sticktape.com.