Josiah comes from Carnoustie and started his musical career at the young age of nine when he started to learn the trombone under the guidance of his tutor Michael Robertson. In a very short time, he joined the Arbroath Instrumental Band at the age of twelve and enjoyed many varied playing opportunities through his school years.
Josiah’s playing talent continued to develop, and in 2007 he joined the European Youth Brass Band on 2nd trombone. Two years later, he joined the NYBBS (National Youth Brass Band of Scotland) on bass trombone, and later took the principal bass trombone chair in 2010.
He was also the bass trombone player and a founder member of the award-winning Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band. As he progressed, he performed with various ensembles, including the Edinburgh Youth, Tayside Symphony, and Woodlands Dance Orchestras
Currently, Josiah is a fourth year student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and works professionally as a freelance performer, working regularly with the RSNO, BBC SSO and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. On top of this, he works regularly as both a composer and an arranger.
Josiah currently studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BMus degree programme, which he started in September 2011. During his time at the Conservatoire, he has studied under Christopher Stearn of Scottish Opera, and also received tuition from players such as Alan Mathison, Simon Johnson, Lance Green, John Kenny and Ian Bousfield.
Since starting his studies, Josiah was awarded the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2013, after a performance of his own arrangement of Chris Brubeck’s ‘James Brown in the Twilight Zone’. As part of this, he has performed live on Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Cory Band and the RNCM Brass Band.
In 2013, he became the first Young Clinician for XO Brass Instruments. He has also performed professionally with ensembles including as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and has worked as a deputy on the UK Tour of Wicked.
76 Trombones - Performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra
His inaugural published composition entitled "Carpe Diem" was met with high acclaim and premiered by The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. Later works have included a commission performed at the Scottish Parliament and an award-winning performance of his own arrangement of the last movement from Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone.
Most recently, he was commissioned to write the test piece for the Challenge Section of the 2014 European Brass Band Championships, and his work, ‘The Pilgrim’, was well-received by audiences and bands alike. He is recognised as a talent ahead of his years with creative maturity mixed with a freshness of musical perception.
The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland
performing 'Carpe Diem' by Josiah Walters
As a composer, Josiah is a self-proclaimed enthusiast of brass band music, and his work as an orchestral bass trombonist has had considerable impact on his writing style. In contrast, he enjoys listening to the work of various rock and pop artists, with particular appreciation for the metal genre, following bands such as Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me and Pendulum. He is also very enthusiastic about the music composed for films and video games, which has a great impact on his style of writing.
Scottish Intermediate Solo Champion 2008
Scottish Youth Solo Champion 2011 (under 18 & under 21)
Best Instrumentalist, Land O'Burns Troon 2011
Best Instrumentalist, National Youth Brass Band Championships of
Great Britain, Premier section 2012
BBC SSO apprenticeship scheme 2012-2013
Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2013
Highly commended in David James Brass Prize 2013
Finalist in Bob Hughes Bass Trombone Competition 2014
Highly commended in RCS Governors Recital Prize for Brass 2015