|"Every day, every day, every day, every day I have the blues."|
Joe soloed on "Every Day I Have the Blues" with the Roseville Big Band on the June 17, 1997, concert in the Central Park band shell. He also joined the band's trumpet section to play flugelhorn and trumpet on "Embraceable You".
A 1997 graduate of Roseville Area High School (RAHS), Joe sang in the RAHS Concert Choir and the vocal jazz ensemble Jazz on Toast. He was an All-State choir member for two years. Joe also sang in the RAHS Barbershoppers and the St. Paul Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. As a graduating senior, he was named the outstanding vocal music student in the class of 1997.
Joe also played trumpet in the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Morning Show. The latter was an extracurricular folk- and bluegrass-oriented ensemble; there were no trumpet parts, so Joe created trumpet parts from the first violin music.
Joe also performed in a variety of musicals. For example, you might remember him as Robin Graves in the Roseville Area Middle School production of "Tomb It May Concern", or in the RAHS productions of "Annie Get Your Gun", "Godspell", or "Fiddler on the Roof". You might have also seen him playing Marcellus Washburn in "The Music Man" and Rooster in "Annie" at Como Park pavilion in St. Paul. In the latter three productions, he shared his time between the stage and the pit band. You might have also seen him in the role of Harry Witherspoon in the Rosetown Playhouse production of "Lucky Stiff" under the big top near the corner of Lexington and County Road B in August, 2000.
Joe attended Luther College, where he kept active in both vocal and instrumental music while majoring in Management Information Sciences and accounting. He played trumpet in the jazz band, orchestra and concert band, and sang in choirs.
Joe continues his involvement in Rosetown Playhouse productions, such as the summer, 2002, production of "Hello, Dolly."