Born in Chicago, IL multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Justin Boyd developed an interest in music at a young age. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Music from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies (Composition) from Depaul University. In 2013 he founded STEREO GENIUS an alternative-jazz, r&b and hip-hop instrumental ensemble that focuses on original compositions and arrangements. He is a member of multiple Chicago based ensembles including Animate Objects, Chicago Afrobeat Project, KAEYRA, Peven Everett, Russoul, Treologic, Ugochi & A.S.E. and Vertikal. Over the course of his career he’s had the opportunity to perform with: Keyon Harrold, Sarah Marie Young, Common, Rakim, Ice Cube, Slum Village, Big Daddy Kane, Frankie Parker, Floetry, Andrew Ripp, Chicago Community Chorus, University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Soul People, Carl Thomas, Bone Thugs-N- Harmony, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Tina J. Crawley, Dwele, Carolyn Malachi, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and David Boykin. He is a member of the D’Addario Educators Collective, Percussive Arts Society and Chamber Music America.