Justin Locke came to Boston at age 18 to go to music school, and within a year he found himself playing every freelance gig in town, including the Boston Pops.
His 18-year bass-playing stint with the Pops included the Bicentennial Concert in 1976 with Arthur Fielder, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest audience ever at a classical music concert. And of course he also worked with many of the great conductors of that era, including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, and Henry Mancini.
One day, after playing (and criticizing) a particularly dull children's concert, Justin was challenged to write one himself. The result was Peter VS.the Wolf, a courtroom comedy based on the classic Prokofiev fairy tale. (This piece has gone around the world; it has been performed on four continents and two island nations, and just had its Berlin Premiere.)
Just left the Pops to become a full time video producer. For many years he created promotional videos for major non-profits all over the USA. He also become the "score reader" for live broadcasts of the Boston Pops, and he created and managed the "Bose Philharmonic," a freelance orchestra that made demo recordings for the famed audio company. In 2005 he published "Real Men Don't Rehearse," a fun memoir of his bass playing days in the Pops, which has sold over 15,000 copies to date. He has been featured on WCVB's popular Chronicle HD, he is an occasional guest host on CBS Radio, and has been an "author@google."
Nowadays, with such an odd resume of music, showbiz, self-publishing, and management, Justin continues to consult and coach here and there, but mostly he entertains audiences as a guest speaker, with his stories of coping with modern life and trying to turn dreams into reality.
To have Justin appear as a guest speaker, call him at 781-330-8143, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin has appeared on WCVB-TV's Chronicle HD, WGBH with Emily Rooney, CBS Radio, and as an "author@google."
"An abundance of charisma . . . " ---The Boston Globe
“Justin Locke . . . borders on genius I think.” – Mary Richardson, WCVB-TV, Boston