A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Blaine joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra horn section in 2023. Previously he served in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and played regularly as a guest in the horn sections of the Detroit Opera, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
Blaine earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied both music education and horn performance under the guidance of Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen. While at Northwestern, Dodson performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, later completing his master’s degree in horn performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance, where he studied with Adam Unsworth and Bryan Kennedy.
Blaine is an enthusiastic teacher with private studio as well as working with a number of school bands orchestras, general music, and choir programs. He has also taught classes in music theory and composition at the middle school and high school levels.
When he is not playing the horn, Blaine enjoys being active and spending time outdoors hiking and swimming.