Joseph Fox was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and began musical pursuits at age seven on piano. After a couple of years he picked up percussion in school and performed in wind bands, jazz bands, orchestras and rock bands. During his bachelor’s degree Joseph’s primarily classical and solo instruction was augmented by a demanding quantity of music from such styles as Trinidadian steel band music, West-African drum and xylophone music, Afro-Cuban spiritual music and Brazilian street music. His master’s degree introduced him to a more European perspective on contemporary music as well as to the Indian tabla.
Joseph received a B.M. in Percussion Performance from The University of Akron in 2014 and is currently studying for his M.M. in Percussion Performance at McGill University. At McGill University, he was the recipient of a CIBC Fellowship as well as a Graduate Excellence Award. Joseph has taken part in the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University as well as the Keiko Abe Marimba Academy at SUNY Fredonia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Heights High Symphonic band and as an annual sub with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra for their concert focusing on the percussion section. In the future, Joseph hopes to maintain a career that allows him to engage in orchestral music, contemporary music and African derived musics, especially music surrounding the steel pan.