Author. Musician. Husband, father.
North Carolina born, Wisconsin educated, Georgia transplanted.
Prior to pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time author and musician in 2015, Joshua Cutchin served as Public Affairs Director of the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music for three years. During his tenure at UGA, Joshua authored over one hundred articles, press releases, and blog posts.
In addition to appearing in local media, his press releases have also been referenced and distributed by such media outlets as the Associated Press and National Public Radio. Before his time at UGA, Joshua provided content for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (Marietta, GA), Athens Banner-Herald (Athens, GA), Walton Tribune (Monroe, GA), and Observer News Enterprise (Newton, NC).
Joshua has appeared on a wide variety of paranormal programs discussing his work, including Coast to Coast AM, Mysterious Universe, Binnall of America, Expanded Perspectives, Radio Misterioso, and the Gralien Report. He is the author of five books: 2015's A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch (translated into Spanish as Banquete Troyano); 2016's The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, & Monstrous Miasmas; 2018's Thieves in the Night: A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions; and 2020's Where the Footprints End: High Strangeness and the Bigfoot Phenomenon, Volumes I & II, with Timothy Renner. 2021 will see the release of Fairy Films: Wee Folk on the Big Screen, a collection of essays of which he is editor and a contributor.
Joshua's writing is also featured in Robbie Graham's 2017 collection of ufological essays UFOs: Reframing the Debate, as well as David Weatherly's Wood Knocks: Vol. 3 (2018) and Peach State Monsters (2021). Excerpts of his work have appeared in Fortean Times and Edge Science.
Cutchin has been featured on the hit History Channel television show Ancient Aliens, and is a recurring roundtable guest on the Where Did the Road Go? podcast. Joshua has been invited to speak at Georgia MUFON Events, annual ParaMania un-conferences, the International Fortean Organization's 2016 & 2019 FortFests, 2019's X-Filers United! conference, ConCarolinas (2019-2021), Strange Realities Conference (2019-2021), East West Bookshop, Tewksbury Public Library's 2020 Fright Nights, and 2020's Phenomenacon (hosted by Greg & Dana Newkirk).
Joshua began playing tuba at age 12. Five years later, he appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan; the year after, he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, where he studied music performance under the eminent John Stevens and received his first instruction in jazz with Jim Doherty.
In Madison, Joshua was a founding member of The Big House tuba quartet. The ensemble was not only a favorite at the Chancellor's pre-football game soirées, but was also a finalist in the 2006 International Tuba & Euphonium Conference quartet competition. During his tenure with The Big House, Joshua began writing music for the first time, completing a gig book of eighteen polkas for tuba quartet.
As a classical musician, Joshua was winner of multiple concerto contests and was a finalist in several international tuba competitions, including the ITEC Mock Orchestral Audition and the Leonard Falcone Festival. He has performed with several orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the south and Midwest, including the Oshkosh and LaGrange Symphonies, and in 2005, Joshua performed Gunther Schuller’s Five Moods for Tuba Quartet for the composer at UW. His musical travels have allowed him to play venues as varied as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Gruene Hall in Texas, and he has been fortunate to work under conductors such as David Becker, Mark Camphouse, Mallory Thompson, Ray Cramer, and Frederick Fennell.
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Joshua moved to Athens, Georgia in 2007 on the Bulldog Brass Quintet fellowship, where he had the opportunity to work with renowned Canadian Brass founder Fred Mills and study under David Zerkel. The following year he formed the Half Dozen Brass Band, and began performing almost exclusively in a jazz and rock capacity. Over the past several years, he has recorded and performed live with such artists as Ike Stubblefield, June Yamagishi, Tommy Smothers, Blair Crimmins & the Hookers, Antsy McClain, Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband, Abby Wren, Wren & the Wravens, 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra, Ruby Reds Band, Black Sheep Ensemble, Bulldog Brass Quintet, Half Dozen Brass Band, Divergence, Papa Legba, Big House Tuba Quartet, Bigfoot Brass Band, Mike “Chappy” Wagner, Lefty Hathaway, JazzChronic, Stephanie Nilles, FunkCake, Half Ass Brass Band, and Suzy Sazerac.
As a composer, Joshua has had his music performed by Phonatopia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, and the tuba ensembles of the University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin, and the Eastman School of Music. In addition to Stevens and Zerkel, Joshua’s teachers have included Connie Weldon, creator of the modern tuba ensemble, and David Mills, tubist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.