Joel Smales (born 1967) earned his Bachelor's of Music in Performance from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where he studied with James Petercsak. Subsequently, he earned his Master's in Music from Binghamton University. He is currently the band director at Binghamton High School's Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, where he conducts the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band
and several chamber groups including Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Band, and Steel Drum Band.
Mr. Smales maintains a private percussion teaching studio and is the Vice President for the NYS Percussive Arts Society and Percussion Chair for NYSSMA. He also serves on the keyboard percussion and snare drum music selection committee for NYSSMA.
Smales is the Principal Percussionist with the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra in Binghamton, NY and a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and Downtown Singers Orchestras. Smales leads his own percussion trio "Rhythm Song" and performs jazz drumset and vibes. He can also be seen playing lead steelpan with the popular Caribbean music group, Panigma, and is an active freelance drummer and percussionist. He maintains a busy composition schedule, writing music for percussion, runs an annual summer percussion camp and hosts an annual PAS Day of Percussion. He also freelances with many area jazz and orchestral groups and can be heard on over 30 recordings spanning from swing to rock to folk to classical music for CD albums, commercials and audio books.
This creative collection presents four exciting originals in contrasting African drumming styles for grade 3-4 groups. Notated in an easy to read and play format, the scoring calls for African percussion instruments -- djembe, log drums, djun -- but standard instruments can also be used if those instruments are not available.
his creative collection presents six originals in a variety of Brazilian drumming styles. Scoring calls for agogo bells, shaker, whistle, cowbell, samba whistle, ganza, repenique, snare drum and surdo. However, if not all equipment is available, suggestions for substituting some of the instruments with more traditional instruments are provided. Parts can...
This grade 2 percussion ensemble piece is moderately paced requiring 2 players to switch between drums and accessories. This exciting and educational work will be enjoyable to players and audiences alike. Instrumentation includes: Snare Drum/Triangle, Tenor Drum/Wood Block, Cymbal, and Bass Drum.