Born: December 30, 1980 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Joey is considered to be one of the pre-eminent trumpet talents of our time. His skill with classical playing is unprecedented as can be witnessed by hearing him play the Partita BMV 1006 by Bach (written for Violin). In addition to his classical prowess, Joey has a jazz sound like no other player in history. Combining his classical sensibility with his jazz playing has fostered a sound that will change the face of Jazz forever. Whether playing 16th notes at blinding speed or double Eb’s with ease and tonal perfection, Joey is at ease with his trumpet and embodies the definition of an “instrument acting as an extension of ones self.”
Joey began his career in 1993 when he began playing with Genesee Quest Drum and Bugle Corps at the age of 12. Almost immediately the entire DCA community recognized the rare and obvious gift Joey exhibited. Joey has played as a featured soloist with Mighty St. Joe's Alumni Corps, Ghost Riders Mini Corps, The Hitmen, and Empire Statesmen, and is very grateful for the support offered to him from this community.
Joey was honored as the DCA Soprano Individual Champion in 2000, 2001 & 2002. He received the prestigious DCA Award for Best Showmanship (Vince Bruni trophy) in 2001 and Best soloist (Meg Russo award) in 2002 and 2004.
Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble, Senior High All County Band, New York’s All-State Band, New York All-State Orchestra, and All State Symphonic Band, are among the groups that Joey played with before age eighteen.
In 1999, Joey began studying at The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center in New York City. He participated in such Juilliard organizations as: Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Dance Orchestra and (Juilliard) American Brass Quintet. While at Juilliard, Wynton Marsalis took an interest in Joey’s musical ability and began teaching him privately for the next several years. Often, Joey is seen playing the gold brush, Monette trumpet that was a gift from his mentor, Mr. Marsalis.
Simultaneously with his studies at Juilliard, Joey became a member of the DeCappo Opera House, the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Orchestra, and the Inter-School Orchestra (ISO).
Upon leaving Juilliard, Joey attended The New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Charles Schlueter (First Chair of Boston Symphony). During that time, he won several positions with highly noted groups in Boston such as: The Berklee School of Music Tower of Power Ensemble, freelance positions with the Boston Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony.
Joey played second chair on tour with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bob Nouveau. Joey has been a featured artist for the following corporate retreats: E-Bay, Kelloggs, Publics Market, McDonalds, and many more. Joey was the featured artist at the 2007 K-1 fighting championships at the Los Angeles Colliseum.
Joey's teaching experience includes: Manhattan School Prepatory; faculty, Inter-Scholastic Organization; faculty (orchestra, band), Ghost Riders Mini Corps; caption head and arranger, St. Joe's Alumni Corps; brass consultant and arranger NESBA and MICCA; field band judge.
Joey has spent the last two years working on his debut release, “Resonance.”
You have to hear Pero to believe his playing is possible - Jim Cullum, Riverwalk Jazz
Pero's flawless circular breathing technique is awe-inspiring... Pero is truly an amazing virtuoso - someone must all watch out for. - Dr. Peter Wood, International Trumpet Guild
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Clinic profile available on request.