Joe started playing long ago at home beating on his mother's pots and pans. He moved on later to a drum set. He would listen and imitate what caught his ear on the radio and television. He learned through the grace of God and hours of practice by this method. Joe went on to Troy State University on a music scholarship, then to Jacksonville State University after seeing the marching band. He soaked up all that he could there and received a B.A. in music performance at graduation.
While in college, Joe played with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and for comedian Bob Hope. He later played with jazz and blues artist Mose Allison, Harlem Gospel Choir, Fred Wesley and Althea Rene. Joe has also played with many local bands on the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas including Michelle West and the MVP's, Banana Republic, Glen Parker Band, and Da Band, just to name a few -- and has shared the stage with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Kool and the Gang, Cameo, and the list continues as the beat goes on...