During his teenage and college years, Justin studied and absorbed the styles of players like Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher, Randy Elmore, Dale Potter, Tommy Jackson, and Svend Asmussen. These studies led to him changing from a straight up contest fiddler to an improvising player on not just fiddle but also viola, mandolin, and guitar. While known for being a lover of swing music, Justin is also quite fond of and at home playing bluegrass, country, and old-time. Justin has a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from Webster University in St. Louis, MO where he is also on faculty as the adjunct professor of jazz violin. In addition to Webster University, Justin is the first ever fiddle and mandolin teacher for Washington University in St. Louis and he operated a private teaching studio in the city. Justin is currently a member of  Swing DeVille, Colonel Ford, The Palominos, and has recorded/played for Son Volt and Pokey LaFarge. Contest titles Justin has won include the 2010 Grand Master Fiddler Championship, 2010 Tennessee State Fiddle Championship, 2010 Gone to Texas Fiddle Championship, and the 2008 National Young Adult Fiddle Championship.