Director of Community Engagement
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. Now as the Director of Community Engagement, he oversees all in-person and virtual programming and communication for the teacher and student communities served by Little Kids Rock.
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 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 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 in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University and Berklee College of Music. He is a strong arts education advocate working with the CPS Department of Arts Education, has sat on several committees with the Chicago-based arts advocacy group, Ingenuity Inc, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. 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.