Joe Bongiovi has earned his bachelor's degree in filmscoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston and earned a master's degree in music education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is currently the band director at Princeton High School in Princeton New Jersey. Mr. Bongiovi is an avid composer/arranger of jazz band, concert band and marching band literature.
During his time as the Princeton Studio Band Director, the band has placed 1st numerous times at the Berklee Jazz Festival and has been the New Jersey State Champion 4 times. The Studio Band has toured Italy, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Mr. Bongiovi is the director/founder of The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, an all-star high school and college student group that performs all over the world. The program takes place during the summer and has featured master classes and performances by Dennis DeBlasio, George Rabbai, Andrea Brachfield, Bob Gravenor, Joe Federico, Andrew Neu, Vic Juris, and Jimmy Bruno.
Mr. Bongiovi worked and performed with many jazz greats such as: Phil Wilson, Tim Hagans, Greg Hopkins, Ben Elkins, Denis DiBlassio, Peter Erskine, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordan, and Ravi Coltrane. Mr. Bongiovi and the Princeton Studio Band have had joint performances with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has worked with great music programs at the following schools: Princeton High School, Steinert High School, Nottingham High School, Levitt Middle School (Willingboro), Neshaminy High School and Neshaminy Middle School