Senior Director of Programs
Joe joined the Little Kids Rock team in 2014, initially overseeing programming in the Chicago market and eventually expanding his reach to all major markets in 2018. In 2020 Joe’s role expanded to oversee national community engagement. Currently, as Senior Director of Programs, Joe oversees all programmatic activities, which include all virtual and in-person certifications and curriculum, community engagement, and programmatic communications with Little Kids Rock’s partners and stakeholders. Joe additionally facilitates Little Kids Rock’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group which supports initiatives to better serve the community through internal and external working groups and special projects.
Prior to joining the Little Kids Rock team, Joe taught in the Chicago Public School District since 2012. 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 traditional band, orchestral, and choral ensembles. Stateside, 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.
While teaching in Chicago Public Schools, he oversaw a robust music program featuring three modern band ensembles, concert band, choir, and ukulele ensembles, winning several distinctions as a NAMM Best School for Music Education and a VH1 Save the Music Foundation recipient. Joe was also trained and was awarded a grant of instruments from Little Kids Rock. Joe received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Iowa, and he is currently working on his MBA with a concentration in Music Business from Berklee College of Music and Southern New Hampshire University. He is a strong arts education advocate, working with the CPS Department of Arts Education, and has sat on several committees with the Chicago-based arts advocacy group, Ingenuity Inc, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Joe has sat on the board of directors with the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, and co-founded the Lakeside Pride Latin Band, performing throughout the City of Chicago.