Director of Regional Initiatives/Regional Program Director, Chicago
Joe has joined the Little Kids Rock team as the Director of Regional Initiatives/Regional Program Director for Chicago in 2014 and has taught in the Chicago Public School District since 2012. Prior to teaching in Chicago, Joe has had the opportunity to teach and perform in a wide variety of settings from preschool through the collegiate level and from the Midwest to the international stage. He spent some time in New South Wales, Australia working with students as well as community members in band, orchestral, and choral ensembles. State-side, Joe has worked with several bands as a percussion instructor, arranger, and clinician. He has the opportunity to work with several award-winning high school marching bands in Iowa and Illinois serving as the drumline instructor and assistant band director in several high schools.
He has received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Iowa. While teaching in Chicago Public Schools, he restarted a music program featuring 3 modern band ensembles, a concert band, a choir, and ukulele ensemble winning several distinctions as a NAMM Best School for Music Education and a VH1 Save the Music recipient. Now full-time at Little Kids Rock, he oversees all Chicago programming through workshops, JamFests, and partnerships within the city. He is a strong Arts Education advocate working with the CPS Department of Arts Education and sits on the Public Affairs panel with Ingenuity, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors with the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, and performs with their ensembles as well as several ensembles throughout Chicago.