1. I am a classically trained trumpeter, with just as much experience in jazz, pop, and salsa. I perform solo literature, with or without accompaniment, for weddings, religious services, parties, and other events.
I am also available to perform with ensembles, coordinated by myself, or as a session-musician with other performers.
2. I am a trained guitarist, specializing in jazz, bluegrass, and other popular genres. I also operate as a singer-songwriter.
3. In the bluegrass and folk tradition, I am also a proficient banjoist and mandolinist, having performed for multiple bands and musicals.
4. I am a classically trained composer, writing in all genres but specializing in contemporary music.
We hired Joe for a high-visibility 400 attendee gala, and his performance reflected greatly upon our organization. He was timely, professional, and his rendition of 'Taps' was beautifully haunting. We strongly recommend him to anyone considering hiring his talents.
Price Range: $200 and up
What to Expect
No matter the occasion, you can expect the highest musical quality, professionalism, respect, and enjoyable atmosphere to best enhance your experience. Whether you require music for weddings, religious services, parties, I will make sure that the music improves your event and adds a very memorable touch. Classical, jazz, pop on trumpet, guitar, banjo, or mandolin, I will provide you with the highest musical quality and the most enjoyable experience.
I love writing music! Be it for a specific event or ensemble, I love it! The context of each piece created is so unique that I ask for some details up front:
1. Why, or for whom is this piece being written?
2. What is the desired instrumentation for your piece?
3. Are their constraints to the length of the work?
4. When and where will the work first be performed?
5. Do you have specific performers in mind?
No worries if you don't have answers to all of those questions! They're just a great place to start!
A time-frame is important: how long a piece takes to write is dependent on length and forces involved: the longer a piece, and the larger the performing ensemble, the longer the work will take. Typically a commissioned project takes anywhere from 3-10 months to complete.
A passionate and dedicated educator, I have spent a majority of my music career teaching all ages. In college, as a music education major, he taught K-12 classes, rehearsed student ensembles, and instructed private lessons. With a steady flow of students, kindergarten to adult, I have developed effective and intuitive pedagogies for: trumpet, guitar, mandolin, and banjo.
If you are just starting out, or would like to take your playing to the next level, please contact me to set up a lesson. Whether it's developing your technical facility, exploring harmony more deeply, or getting your young one to begin a skill set in music, I will guide you to competency and musicality with education and fun.
Want arrangements for your music? For your band? Is there a song that exists already that you'd like arranged for your ensemble? I have loads of experience doing just that for various chamber ensembles, rock bands, choral groups, & jazz combos.
Contact me if you're interested!
Joe Young has been playing music all his life. From Indianapolis, IN, he currently lives in Astoria, NY.
A traveling musician and veteran of the US Army, Joe has had the privilege of performing all across the country and world. He performs original music, as well as music from great classical and contemporary covers.
Joe operates primarily as a composer, performer of original music, session musician, and can be found hopping around New York and the East Coast making music by his lonesome and with others.
Guitar and trumpet are his native flights of fancy, with special additional interest in mandolin and banjo. As a composer, his music has been performed throughout the US, Canada, France, and Austria.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Joe has been privileged to play with musicians, bands, and productions such as A Band Called Honalee, Sutton Foster, Ben Clark & the Long Shadows, Ryan Brewer, Sarah McGowan, Pool Cosby, The Circus in Winter, Dee Roscioli, 38th Infantry Division Band, 1st Cavalry Division Band, 319th Army Band, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Hendricks Symphony Orchestra, Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis 500 pre-ceremonies 2009 & 2010.
In 2015 & 2016, Joe was a composer fellow at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in Valdeblore, France, where he wrote and performed with musicians from around the world.
In 2008, he studied trumpet, opera, and conducting in Salzburg, Austria.
Joe has studied with:
Past Booked Events
|April 16, 2017 • 9:30am - 12:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|February 25, 2017 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
Influences & Inspiration
Trumpet: Phil Smith, Chris Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Alison Balsom, Miles Davis, Hakan Hardenberger
Guitar: Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, Pat Metheny, Grant Gordy, John Mayer, BB King, John Williams
Mandolin: Chris Thile, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Bill Monroe
Banjo: Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny
Composition: Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah K. Snider, Gustav Mahler, Kaija Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman
**each of these lists could go on a lot longer...**