Joe Porter is a Canadian percussionist, teacher, and composer. He is the recipient of the Global Music Awards, Gold Medal Prize for Creativity and Originality, and has been a winner in multiple concerto and recording competitions.
Joe is an active international clinician, and has given masterclasses and clinics around the world. Recent workshops have included: Gu Dong-Guo Yin International Percussion Festival and Shenyang International Percussion Festival in China, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Hong Kong Baptist University, Royal College of Music in England and the University of Hawaii. He is the author of two method books: Six-Mallet Technique Diversified, a comprehensive book and DVD to learn six mallet marimba technique, and The Journey To Groove, a comprehensive method for developing the drum set musician.
As an active composer and performer, Joe has written three percussion concertos, many solos, duets and ensemble pieces. He has performed in Britain, Holland, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and throughout the US and Canada. Joe has been a concerto soloist with orchestras in the US and Canada and a featured soloist with percussion ensembles around the world. In September of 2016, Joe joined the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist for Series 1 – Finlandia, performing his piece titled The Travelling Carnival, a concerto which he composed for Vibraphone, Strings, and Percussion.
In 2014, Joe was featured in the PASIC International Showcase Concert. In 2016, he was chosen from the world’s top percussionists to be in the World Percussion Group where he toured across the US giving concerts, clinics, masterclasses and lessons. Joe has released three albums which have aired on radio stations in North America and Europe. Joe is a Ludwig-Musser, Innovative Percussion, Dream Cymbals & Gongs and Grover Pro Percussion artist.
Joe is committed to teaching and developing aspiring musicians and has founded many drumming programs at the U of L Conservatory. For more information on Joe’s drumming programs and lessons, visit www.lethbridgedrumming.com.
More information about Joe can be found at www.joeporteronline.com.