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Joseph Earp


Joseph Benjamin Earp (b. 20 March 1984) is an American composer and educator.

Mr. Earp earned his Master of Music degree in music education from Anderson University in 2017. Mr. Earp also earned his undergraduate degree in music education from University of North Carolina Charlotte, 2006. During his time at U. N. C. Charlotte he studied trombone with Dr. Royce Lumpkin and conducting with Dr. Laurence Marks. In 2009, he was awarded the U. N. C. Charlotte Alumni Achievement Award.

Joseph Earp is currently serving at Limestone College (Gaffney, South Carolina) as director of athletic bands. Prior to Limestone, Mr. Earp served as director of bands at Cox Mill High School (Concord, North Carolina) from 2009-2017 as the founding band director.Mr. Earp has also taught at Robbinsville Middle and High Schools (North Carolina), Seneca High School (South Carolina) and Explore! beyond school (North Carolina).

As an active composer, he has been commissioned on several occasions, including band works for middle and high school ensembles, honor bands and brass choir. Some of the commissions of Mr. Earp’s work have come from Blair Smith (Coastal Fanfare, Mustangs Rebel the Knight of Wolves and Stone Mountain Fanfare), Dave Silden (The Nobles of Queen City), Kevin Townsend (WE ARE BRAVE! – Concert March) and Steve Petrucci (Among the Vikings and the Cast Iron Sixth). In addition to composition, he has arranged many works for marching band and small ensembles.

Mr. Earp’s Robinson Suite was the winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Composition Contest sponsored by Phi Beta Mu (Lambda Chapter). In the fall of 2012, Mr. Earp received the Cox Mill High School Academic Booster Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2014, he received the Loving Lenoir Award (City of Lenoir, North Carolina) for continuing to honor the historical importance of the famous Lenoir High School Band.

Mr. Earp is a proud member of NAfME, NCMEA, SCMEA, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association and ASCAP. He is also an active clinician, adjudicator and commissioned composer. He served on the South-Central District Bandmasters Association executive board from 2015-2017 as high school member at large.

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