Joe Porter


M.Mus. – University of Lethbridge
B.Mus. – University of Lethbridge

(Private Percussion & Drum Set Lessons, Drum Workshops, Let's Drum Classes Instructor, Let's Drum Annual Summer Camp Director, Elite Youth Percussion Ensemble Director, and Assistant Director of Global Drums)

Joe Porter is a Canadian percussionist, teacher, and composer. He teaches at the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory, where he directs many ensembles, workshops, and teaches several drum classes and private lessons. Joe is the recipient of the Global Music Awards, Gold Medal Prize for Creativity and Originality, and has been a winner in multiple performance and recording competitions.

Joe is an active international clinician, and has given percussion masterclasses and workshops in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent master classes have included: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Royal College of Music in England, Birmingham Conservatoire in England, The University of Hawaii, and Brigham Young University in Hawaii. 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.

As an active composer and performer, Joe has written three percussion concertos, many solos, duets and ensemble pieces. Joe has performed in Britain, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Idaho, Trinidad and Tobago, and throughout Canada.

Joe is committed to teaching and developing aspiring musicians and that is why he has founded many of the programs offered by the University of Lethbridge Conservatory. Born and raised in Fernie, British Columbia, Joe received both his Masters and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Lethbridge and is a Ludwig-Musser, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, Innovative Percussion and PARMA Recordings artist.