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Joseph Pappas

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Joseph Pappas


Joseph Pappas (b. 1950, House Springs, Mo.) is an American composer, educator and publisher.

Joe Pappas earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at Southeast Missouri University (Cape Girardeau, Missouri). He took post graduate courses at Truman University (Kirksville, Missouri), Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Missouri), and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville, Illinois).

Pappas taught instrumental music in the public schools of Bell City (Missouri, 1972-1976), Scott City (Missouri, 1976-1979), Mexico (Missouri, 1979-1990), and Rockwood (Eureka, Missouri (1990-1999, when he retired). He also served as an adjunct music professor at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, Missouri, 1999-present) where he is director of the wind ensemble.

Mr. Pappas has written over two hundred compositions for various types of ensembles, from beginning bands to college wind ensembles. He is most known for his compositions for young bands and musicians. His works have been performed in the United States, Canada, China, and Europe.

He also is active as an educational consultant and publishing editor for his own publishing house, JPM Publications, which he opened in 1992. He also is Midwest regional coordinator for Music in the Parks, Festivals of Music, and a coordinator/consultant for Six Flags Music Festivals.

Pappas serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest, and has contributed articles to professional music education journals. Among his many honors, Mr. Pappas has been a four-time Teacher of the Year recipient, a 1994 recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993–94 Rockwood School District High School Teacher of the Year, the Missouri State High School Activity Association Distinguished Service Award, a national winner of the Sadie Rafferty Music Composition Contest sponsored by Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois, and three times has been named to the Who’s Who Among American Teachers and three times to Who’s Who In America.

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