Joe Porter

Joe Porter

Studio Teacher


percussion, drums, drumming, music


Joe Porter is a Canadian percussionist, teacher, and composer. He teaches at the University of Lethbridge and University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory.  Joe directs many percussion and drumming groups in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.  He is the recipient of the Global Music Awards, Gold Medal Prize for Creativity and Originality, and has been a winner in multiple concerto competitions.

Joe is an active international clinician and has presented clinics and master classes in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent master classes have included: Gu Dong-Guo Yin International Percussion Festival and Shenyang International Percussion Festival in China, 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 China, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iowa & Alberta Chapters Days 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 drumset musician.

Joe performs and teaches classical, jazz and world music.  He is the principal percussionist in the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, has an energetic percussion/piano duet with Joel Goodfellow, and is a frequent soloist. He teaches a variety of drumming from around the world including: Brazilian Samba Bateria, Japanese Taiko, Polynesian Drumming, Caribbean Steel Pans, and a wide variety of ethnic hand percussion instruments including everything from Middle-Eastern Drumming to Venezuelan Joropo Maracas.

Joe has been a concerto soloist with orchestras in the US and Canada and a featured soloist with percussion ensembles around the world. As a result of being a winner in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Joe made his international debut as a concerto soloist appearing twice with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony in 2012. In 2013, he was the soloist with the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra for the world premiere of Kai Stensgaard's Concierto Mexicano for marimba and wind orchestra. In 2014, Joe was a winner in the Shure Fantastic 10 Scholastic Recording Competition. In 2016, he performed his composition The Traveling Carnival, Concerto for vibraphone and orchestra with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.

As an active composer and performer, Joe has written three percussion concertos, many solos, duets and ensemble pieces. His compositions have been performed around the world. His vibraphone concerto has been performed by the Brașov Philharmonic, Ploiesti Philharmonic and Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestras in Romania. Joe has performed in Britain, Holland, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and throughout the US and Canada. In 2014, Joe was featured in the PASIC International Showcase Concert. In 2016, he was chosen from the world’s top percussionists to be in the World Percussion Group where he toured across the US giving clinics, masterclasses, concerts. The group was featured in a showcase concert at PASIC 2016.  Joe has released three albums which have been aired on radio stations in North America and Europe. Joe is an officer for the Percussive Arts Society Alberta Chapter, recipients of the PAS Outstanding Chapter Award in 2015. Joe is a Ludwig-Musser, Innovative Percussion, Dream Cymbals & Gongs and Grover Pro Percussion artist.

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