Joe McCarthy has led a diverse career spanning a multitude of genres in both performance and education. Joe is the founder/leader and drummer of The Latin Grammy Award Winning New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, spanning almost two decades with their seventh recording "Upwards" just released and worldwide recognition as one of the leading Afro Cuban Jazz Big Bands of our time. He spent 20 years with The United States Naval Academy Band, serving as Chief in Charge/Drummer of The Big Band and Principal Percussionist of The Wind Ensemble and has done extensive touring with Broadway shows. As an educator, Joe has held positions at Georgetown and George Mason University and has done clinics and masterclasses throughout the US and abroad.
The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big band
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceI just released The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band's seventh recording "UPWARDS" and I feel that the music and the musicians inspired me to take my game to another level.
What Drives Your Creativity?I am driven by my respect for the music and my responsibility to perform and educate at the highest level possible. This will keep me busy for awhile....
Why do you choose Vic Firth?It's very easy to say I play VF because the products are the best, which is a fact. However, I play VF because of the People that make VF what it is. People that listen to the artists/teachers both in performance and education. That is the real reason this company remains at the top.