Justin Clarkson is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and a graduate of Irmo High School. Upon graduating, he attended Louisiana State University and pursued a Bachelor of Music degree. In 2008, after finishing his BM, Dr. Clarkson moved to New York City to work towards a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. Dr. Clarkson finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013 at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Alan Baer, Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic, and Mike Powell, trombonist of the American Brass Quintet.
Dr. Clarkson currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Tuba/Euphonium and Brass Methods at Charleston Southern University and Brass Coordinator for the award winning Bands of Wando. Most recently, he was asked to join the faculty at College of Charleston as Adjunct Professor of Tuba. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he
is also Principal Tubist for the North Charleston Pops! and a Substitute Tubist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, and Hilton Head Symphony. Dr. Clarkson is also proud to have been selected to join the faculty at Louisiana State University’s Stately Oaks Chamber Winds and Percussion Camp in the summer of 2016. When time permits he also serves as a member of the board of directors for the newly formed Charleston Wind Symphony.
Dr. Clarkson can be heard on two of POA's recordings under the Sony label (Travieso Carmesi and Mi Alma Mexicana). Dr. Clarkson is also a soloist in Revueltas' Sensemaya on the first album, Mi Alma Mexicana. He is also a founding member of two equally successful brass quintets, M5 and Vector Brass (formerly Trinity Brass Quintet). M5 was in residence at the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival in 2010 and can be seen performing on WQXR’s the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase. The other, Vector Brass, was the the fellowship quintet for the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2008.
Dr. Clarkson was also a member of the World Champion Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corp. in 2006 (Machine). He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, and soprano, Katherine Matthews Clarkson. He is a Miraphone Artist and his teachers include Alan Baer, Dr. Joe Skillen, Mike Powell, Seth Orgel, and Warren Deck.