Joel Garza


MYCincinnati Percussion Teaching Artist


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My Story

Joel Alberto Garza’s creative work and compositions range from orchestral and chamber percussion, to theater and poetry/spoken word. He has performed nationwide at events including PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), SICPP (Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice), TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association), OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association), and as a guest clinician at the Sam Houston Percussion Academy.

He recently presented his collaborative composition “Architectural Improvisation #1 for Non-Architects and Non-Instrumentalists” at the 2020 ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) Architecture Conference. Joel was a member of the DCI (Drum Corps International) and WGI (Winter Guard International) ensembles Cascades, Troopers, and IPT (Imperial Percussion Theater)/Monarch Independent, and is the founder and former director of Texas-based Latin Group “Grupo Movimiento.” Currently based in Cincinnati, Joel performs regularly as a dance accompanist at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with the local Mbira Ensemble “MbiraCats,” and with the Latin Ensemble “CinciSon,” which he co-founded and directs.

Joel has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as David Farrell, Joseph Pignato, and Monica Pierce, as well as an ongoing marimba and electronics commission for composer Alex Dowling. He has performed with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, CCM Percussion Ensemble, SHSU Symphony Orchestra, and SHSU Percussion Group. Also an avid drum set player, Joel is currently the drummer for local French Musician Sylvain Archer, he has performed in the CCM Alumni Showcase featuring the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Broadway Superstar Betsy Wolfe, and in the pit for musicals such as Young Frankenstein at the Coverdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Joel received his Bachelor's in Music Education and Percussion Performance at Sam Houston State University, his Master's Degree in Music Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently in the third year of his Doctoral Studies at CCM. His current and former teachers include James Culley, Rusty Burge, Allen Otte, Michael Fiday, John Lane, Matt Holm, Adam Groh, and Chase Bronstein.

Joel is a proud artist and endorser of Rustic Percussion.