Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All
Drum Set, Percussion
About Joseph E.
I received an Instrumental Performance Degree from Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, I studied drumset with Tony Noterfonso, Dennis Carlson, Gary Chaffee, and Keith Copeland. After college I studied at The Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. While there I had the privilege of studying with Karl Berger, Dave Holland, Julius Hemphill, Lester Bowie, and Don Cherry.
Two years later, I studied at the New England Conservatory with Ran Blake, head of the Third Stream Department. For private drumset studies I was with Roger Ryan, Bob Moses, and Alan Dawson. While still in school I player in The Jimmy Guiffre Band and The Jaki Byard Apollo Stompers Big Band.
In between my time at New England, I traveled to Banff, Canada to study at The Banff School of Fine Arts with master musicians Karl Berger, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, and Lee Kontiz.
I came back to the DC area being a freelance drummer and teacher. I've been teaching for over 40 years. I also teach at The Sitar Arts Center for the Arts, teaching drums and guitar for 27 years. I'm also the band director of our jazz-rock band, assistant director of our percussion ensemble, and head of the theory department. I've played in musicals such as Guys & Dolls, The Wiz, Hello Dolly, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty & the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, and many others. I have been teaching with Music & Arts for over 20 years.
I teach all styles of drumming, including jazz, blues, country, reggae, rock, latin, etc. I use method books for reading, rudimental and drumset studies. I do have objectives I seek to achieve: my students to be able to play drums in a relaxed way, to be able to read and play in any style, and to incorporate that into their own style of playing.
I have students who are now gigging professionally, playing in school bands and teaching. Some have gone on to college for music! I am so proud of all of them!