A Phoenix, AZ-based percussionist, music educator, and composer, Joe Millea is currently Associate Director of Heartland Marimba, a member of the Heartland Marimba Quartet, and Principal Percussionist of the Phoenix Brass Collective. He also teaches applied and class percussion at Grand Cayon University. Previously, Joe served as a Faculty member at Sam Houston State University, Collins College, and National American University teaching courses in applied percussion, drumline, percussion methods, music appreciation, digital audio, music theory, music history, music business, and music composition. In July of 2018, he released his debut album 'Robot Puppets' consisting of self-composed music for marimba and electronics. In 2015 he wrote Composing for Marimba: Tools and Techniques for composers.
Joe enjoys an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a guest artist at the MN Percussion Association Day of Percussion, the International Percussion Seminar in Adria, Italy, the International Horn Symposium Southwest regional, Southern Utah University, Lamar University and the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. As a chamber musician Joe has taken part in the Festival of Percussion Ensembles in San Jose, Costa Rica, the NonClassical: Pioneer of Percussion festival in London, England, the Minneapolis “Carifest” of Caribbean music and culture, and the Balance-Unbalance conference on climate and acoustic ecology in Tempe, Arizona. In 2016 he served as a performer and operations assistant for the Kohei Kondo festival in conjunction with Tandem Duo and Tempe center for the arts. He currently serves as the Associate Production Manager for Oh My Ears, a new music organization based in Phoenix, AZ.
Joe has also performed with many chamber groups throughout the country including the Cinematic Pop Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, Mill Ave Chamber Players, Salt River Brass, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Classical Revolution Phoenix, Struck Percussion Ensemble, MoTU Percussion Quartet, Solis Camerata, Phoenix Artlink, the Seven Corners Quartet, and the Phoenix Symphony B-Sharp Homeless Initiative.
Joe received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Master's and D.M.A Degrees in Music Performance from Arizona State University. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England with assistance from a Leverhulme postgraduate studentship. His primary teachers are Fernando Meza, J.B. Smith, Daniella Ganeva, Peter Kogan, Earl Yowell, Mark Sunkett, Simone Mancuso, Brian Duffy, Matt Kettlehut, Dom Moio and Phil Hey. Joe is an endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Black Swamp Percussion and Marimba One marimbas.