About Joel Alberto Garza

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, SICPP, TMEA, OMEA, as a guest clinician at the Sam Houston Percussion Academy and the 2020 ACSA Architecture Conference where he presented his collaborative composition “Architectural Improvisation #1 for Non-Architects and Non-Instrumentalists.”

Joel was a member of the DCI and WGI ensembles Cascades, Troopers, and IPT/Monarch Independent, and is the founder and co-director of the local Cincinnati Collective “Cincinnati New Music,” Cincinnati-based Latin Ensemble “CinciSon, and the Texas-based ensemble “Grupo Movimiento.” Currently, Joel teaches and performs regularly as a drum set player, dance accompanist, and with the local Mbira Ensemble “MbiraCats.” His current and former teachers include James Culley, Rusty Burge, Allen Otte, Michael Fiday, John Lane, Matt Holm, and Adam Groh.

Joel is a proud artist and endorser of Rustic Percussion.