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Joe Porter
University of Lethbridge
Assistant Director
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Joe Porter is a Canadian percussionist, teacher, and composer. He teaches at the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory, where he directs many ensembles, world drumming classes, workshops, and lessons. Joe 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: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Hong Kong Baptist University, Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire in England, University of Hawaii, and the PAS Hong Kong & Alberta Chapters Day of Percussion. 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, Hong Kong, Brazil, Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Idaho, Trinidad and Tobago, and throughout Canada. In 2014, Joe was featured in the PASIC International Showcase Concert. Joe is a Ludwig-Musser, Innovative Percussion, Dream Cymbals & Gongs, Grover Pro Percussion, and PARMA Recordings Artist.