Joshua Sirotiak is a native of Chicago and Cleveland who moved to San Francisco in 2001. He's a working tuba player, a father, and a self-proclaimed nerd who’s worked as a line cook, general contractor’s apprentice, substitute teacher, camp counselor, bar back and bouncer, and has spent nearly a decade and a half working for one upscale natural foods grocer in particular.
In 2013, while living in Chicago, Joshua participated in a seven week program run by vocalo.org (an affiliate of WBEZ) where he produced a ten minute piece about Second Line music and culture. Currently primarily employed (musically) in Balkan Brass and Second Line styles, Joshua has toured across the United States and Europe for audiences from all walks of life ranging in size from two to 20,000. He currently lives and works in Sacramento, and his reporting interests include music as a lens into culture, race in the United States, technological solutions to climate change, and environmental sustainability/justice.
Joshua is a fellow in KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020.