Joe plays trumpet and produces Downbeat Big Band. He has played trumpet for more than four decades, and also plays flugelhorn, cornet, piano and valve trombone. Joe has played innumerable weddings, the Mayor’s Ball, nightclubs, military funerals, studio work, churches, off-Broadway shows, and in a seven-piece society band. He was an individual solo champion of New York, and directed a New York State championship marching band. Joe has performed with many notables, including Lou Soloff, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis; for Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Paul Seaforth, and Gilbert Castellanos; and in musical theatre. He plays in the Grossmont College Big Band, Southwestern College Jazz Ensemble, the RJ Big Band, Memory Lane Combo, and Sublime Jazz Band.
He has bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctorate degrees. Joe has been a physics teacher, trumpet teacher, band director, and musician. He is a practicing attorney and an adjunct instructor at the University of San Diego.