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  From 1986 to 1994 Joe spent several years studying African music and performing with Master Drummer Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie from Ghana, West Africa. With Gideon and The African-American Unity Ensemble he performed at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in a collaboration with the world renowned Trinity Irish Dancers and at the citywide memorial service upon the passing of Chicago's mayor, Harold Washington. The Field Museum requested Joe's expertise in 1999 in preparation for the hugely successful "Sounds from the Vaults" exhibit. He was asked to play several ancient percussion instruments from the museum's collection so their music could be digitally stored to be experienced by future generations. Running nearly a year, "Sounds from the Vaults" was the most popular exhibit in the museum's history.

Since 1992, Joe has been a part-time music assistant at John Hersey H.S. in Arlington Heights, IL where he teaches percussion. He established the J.H.H.S. Steel Drum Band in 1995...one of the first high school steel drum programs in the Midwest. Joe also teaches in his home studio. As a member of the Chicago Percussion Quintet since 1994, Joe has brought the educational program "Percussion around the World" to thousands of elementary school children in Chicago and the suburbs.

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  Education

1983 -1987 -- American Conservatory of Music -- Chicago, IL
* B.M., Jazz & Commercial Music
* B.M., Percussion Performance

1982 -1983 -- University of Illinois -- Urbana, IL

* Percussion Study
 
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