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Joseph MacMorran is a percussionist, composer, arranger, and teacher from Austin, TX. 

 

As an educator and performer, he has accepted international engagements in Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, and toured extensively in the US including performances at prestigious venues  such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the nationally televised Super Bowl XLV. 

 

In the marching arts, Joseph has played bass drum for The Cavaliers (2012) and Blue Knights (2011) and tenor drums with Capital Regiment (2009). In 2012, he helped secure the prestigious Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance as bass captain with the Texas Christian University Drumline at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. From 2014-2016, Mr. MacMorran served on the battery and design staff for the George Mason University Independent World Drumline. Since moving to the Houston area, he has accepted a position teaching with the 2017 Monarch Independent Drumline and was the Director of Percussion at Klein Forest High School in the Klein Independent School District from 2016-2020. He is currently the Director of Percussion at Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas.

 

In the concert and chamber arts, Mr. MacMorran performed with the Mason Percussion Group at the 2014 Virginia Music Educators conference, performed with the Washington Concert Opera and the American Festival POPs orchestra under the direction of Anthony Maiello. In addition to his engagements in the Washington, DC area, Joseph accepted an invitation to the prestigious Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 2015. 

 

Joseph received his Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University under the direction of Dr. Brian A. West and his Master’s in Music Performance from George Mason University under the direction of Professor John Kilkenny. 

 

Mr. MacMorran is an active composer, clinician, arranger and writer, incorporating electro-acoustic sounds into his works, and holds professional memberships with PAS and TMEA. 

 

He is proud to be endorsed as an Educational Artist with Innovative Percussion.

 

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Mr. MacMorran performs 'Kyoto' for Percussion Ensemble

In 2015, I performed in Sewanee, TN for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and spent 4 weeks studying orchestral and chamber percussion music. This piece explores the musical genius of Keith Jarrett and his inspiring piano solo performances in Kyoto, Japan. Composer John Psathas cleverly combines textures of marimba, vibraphone, and multi percussion instruments to create his interpretation of these live performances in Kyoto, Japan. Enjoy. Mr. MacMorran Director of Percussion Tomball High School