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Joe W. Moore III
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - United States


Dr. Joe W. Moore III currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Prior to this, he served as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Brownsville. In 2013, he served as sabbatical replacement for Dr. Brett Dietz at Louisiana State University. Moore received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Florida, the Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a minor in composition from Louisiana State University. His primary percussion teachers include Jeff Moore, Kirk Gay, Scott Herring, Jim Hall, Brett Dietz and Troy Davis. His composition teachers include Jay Batzner, Brett Dietz, and Dinos Constantinides.

Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Moore regularly performs as a member of the Omojo Percussion Duo and the Black sheep Percussion Quartet. Most recently, the Omojo Percussion Duo performed as featured artists at the 2nd Annual Brownsville Marimba Festival. Moore was also featured as a soloist with the Rio Bravo Percussion Ensemble during their showcase performance at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. In 2008, he performed in Ukemerge and Kaunas Lithuania as a soloist with the UCF Percussion Ensemble during the Ukemerge Annual Percussion Festival. Dr. Moore has also held performing positions at Walt Disney World, as a sub-list member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Rhythm -N- Blue Drum Line for the Orlando Magic NBA team.

In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Moore also extends himself as a composer. Moore's music has been performed across the United States and Brazil. His works have been performed by several university performing ensembles across the United States, some of which include the Rio Bravo Percussion Ensemble, Hamiruge - The LSU Percussion Group, the University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble, the Kansas State University Percussion Ensemble, the University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble, as well as several other university and high school ensembles. Most recently, he composed the obligatory marimba solo entitled “Halley’s Comet,” for the I CONCURSO PARA MARIMBA MAESTRO ZEFERINO NANDAYAPA held in Paraíba Brazil in June 2015. His work, “juNO” was recently featured in Rhythm! Scene – the official newsletter of the Percussive Arts Society.

C. Alan Publications and Innovative Percussion Publications publish Dr. Moore's music. He also self-publishes many of his own manuscripts, which can be found at

Dr. Moore's sponsors include Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, REMO Drumheads, SABIAN Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.