ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC BANDS
Assistant Director of
University and Athletic Bands
Joe joined the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands on July 1, 2017. He works with the members of the Marching Scarlet Knights and Pep Bands, as well as the musicians in the Rutgers University Bands.
Joe recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Dr. Steve Peterson. As a graduate teaching assistant, he worked with musicians in the university concert bands, athletic bands, conducting, and music education classes. Joe received additional mentorship from Prof. Barry Houser, and Drs. Beth Peterson and Linda Moorhouse. He received a Master of Music in Wind Conducting at Western Michigan University in 2015 where he served as a graduate assistant, studying with Drs. Scott Boerma and David Montgomery. In 2009, Joe received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Michigan University, studying trombone with Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger.
Between 2009 and 2013, Joe served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. He taught over two hundred students in a variety of ensembles, including the concert, jazz, and marching bands, as well as guitar and general music classes. He was also responsible for the implementation of AP Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music courses. Joe helped bring to life the Oxford Arts Conservatory which provides a specialized curriculum to those students who wish to pursue a professional field in the arts beyond high school.
Joe was a member of the brass staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard for four seasons between 2012 and 2015, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. He was also a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007.
Joe is originally from Lake Orion, Michigan. He lives with his wife to whom he has been happily married since 2013. They have a beautiful tri-color collie puppy!