Joe began private music lessons in 1961 under Mr. Edmond Costanzia and studied with him until June 1966. In grades 9-11 at Waterford High School, he took private lessons from Mr. Arthur Booth, further studying theory, directing, arranging, and overall band performance. In 1970 to 1975, he studied advanced clarinet performance, learning Mozart’s K622, Weber Concertino OP26, and Schumann’s Fantasy, with Mr. Ralph Loomis (principle clarinet of the U.S. Coast Guard Band) and from '92-97 he studied advanced clarinet performance under Mr. Thomas Labadorf (clarinetist of the U.S. Coast Guard Band).
At the age of 14 he joined his first WWII style swing band playing 1 Alto Sax, Clarinet and Flute, and in '67 was drafted into the U.S. Army and passed the band audition.
He started with 4 piece bands doing cocktail/dinner music, soon thereafter I started his first of 14 Swing bands of 17 musicians, playing concert, swing, polkas, and progressive jazz works.
Joe has played principle clarinet for the Sound of Music, passed rigorous auditioning and played with the Glenn Miller Band, and sat in with the Artie Shaw Band
In 1970 he started teaching clarinet, flute, and oboe, his first student a 3rd grade child who was failing special education. By 5th grade she was out of special education and making straight “As”. He continued to teach her throughout high school. She was the first person to finish school past 6th grade in her family.
Joe teaches Klose’ for complete clarinet and Baermann Division III.