Percussion Academy

Joe Galvin

Joe Galvin received his bachelor's degree in Performance of Percussion Instruments from Diverse Cultures from Indiana University and his Master’s degree in Percussion from the IU Jacobs School of Music. He currently serves the IU Contemporary Dance Department as their music director and rehearsal accompanist, and as a faculty lecturer. Joe also returned to the Jacobs School of Music in 2013, where he is pursuing a Doctoral degree focusing on steelpan and Afro-Cuban music.

Joe has performed extensively over the years, the following are just a few performances of note: He performed as a featured soloist and ensemble member with the Aguavá New Music Group in 2005 at the Coolidge auditorium in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. He has been fortunate to share the stage with leaders in their fields such as percussionist Michael Spiro, steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague, and marimbist Kevin Bobo. Through his work at IU he has accompanied and worked with a long list of prominent modern dance choreographers. He has also performed several times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Joe was blessed with the opportunity to perform with the BP Renegades in Trinidad's Panorama competition in 2013, and getting to participate in the world's largest steelpan performance has been a highlight of his career thus far.

Joe has recently released two CDs with his band Ritmos Unidos, a Latin Jazz ensemble comprised of IU music school faculty and alumni. Joe does freelance steelpan performances in the Midwest and directs the Bloomington, Indiana-based steelpan ensemble Steel Panache. You can also hear him on the earlier recording “Orì: That Voice Inside” released in 2007, along with upcoming recordings to be released in 2015 as a guest on two Wayne Wallace albums.

Joe is endorsed by Panyard Inc. steelpans and plays on Steve Lawrie built and tuned instruments.