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Joe Perea, Director of Instrumental Music

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Courses: Symphonic Band, Daytime Jazz Ensemble, Evening Jazz Ensemble, Music Fundamentals, Introduction to Music Theory

Office: Forsyth 145, Santa Rosa Campus
Phone: (707) 527-4318
Email: jperea@santarosa.edu

Joe Perea joined the SRJC music faculty in the Fall of 2008 after a previous appointment as Director of Instrumental Music and Music Department head at Richland College in Dallas, TX where he grew thedepartment into one of the top community college music programs in the state of Texas.

Mr. Perea holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. He has performed in jazz groups, symphony orchestras and wind bands throughout the United States, including the University of North Texas Wind Symphony directed by Eugene Corporon and the Dallas Wind Symphony directed by Jerry Junkin and the late Frederick Fennell. Mr. Perea has appeared on numerous recordings by the University of North Texas and Cincinnati Wind Symphonies on the Klavier label, as well as the popular GIA Publications Teaching Music Through Performance in Band reference series. He was selected to conduct the 2010 Humboldt/Del Norte County High School Honor Band in Northern California. His teachers and mentors include such luminaries as Eugene Corporon, Allen Otte, Robert Schietroma, Jack Stamp, and Leigh Howard Stevens.

Prior to his tenure at Richland College, Mr. Perea taught applied music and marching band drumline in the suburban Dallas school systems of Plano, Garland, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Argyle. His students consistently earned top ratings at regional and state Solo and Ensemble competitions and many of them have pursued careers in music education.

Mr. Perea is also a noted performer, scholar, arranger, and composer in the Caribbean steel band medium and is one of fewer than 100 people in the United States who build and tune the instruments. He and his students were featured on The History Channel in 2008 in an episode of The Works. He is a member of the Music Association of California Community Colleges and a past member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Texas Community College Band Directors Association, Texas Association of Music Schools, and the Texas Music Educators Association.