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Joseph Goglia

United States



Originally from Barnegat, New Jersey, Joe Goglia has been living in Tempe, Arizona since 2002. Upon moving to Arizona, he has completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University, where he was under the direction of Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, and Dom Moio. Joe also holds his Master's degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz (also from ASU), under the direction of Michael Kocour. In addition to formal education, Joe has had the opportunity to study with a variety of instructors in the folkloric field, including: Scott Kettner, Mark Lamson,  Julie Hill, Alberto “Beto” Torrens, Rafael Maya, Ruy Lopez-Nussa Lekszycky, and Cachete Maldonado y Los Majaderos.

Currently, Joe is the Associate Director of Bands/Percussion at Dobson High School, where he teaches Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Rock History, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Mr. Goglia also arranges both the winds and percussion scores for the Dobson Marching Band. In partnership with the high school, Joe has also formed and directs a new Brazilian community ensemble, Samba de Cavalo.

Not only an educator, Joe is also a seasoned performer. He works as a freelance musician with a variety of performing artists around town. One of the most recent groups he became involved with is Grupo Liberdade. The group specializes in Afro-Brazilian music, but also has been blending different music of African diaspora to create a new and unique sound. Joe has also collaborated with Amanda Soares in The Samba Project, and can be always be seen with Boom! Percussion on trashcans or marching drums.

As an active member of the Percussive Arts Society for many years, Joe has served as Arizona Chapter Vice President for three years, and now is in his second year as the Arizona Chapter President. Joe is also a proud endorser of Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads.