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Joel Smales


Joel Smales is Director of Bands at Binghamton High School's Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, in Binghamton, NY, where he conducts 2 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles, a percussion ensemble and steel drum band. He holds music degrees from the Crane School of Music (BM) where he studied with James Petercsak and Binghamton University (MM). His school ensembles have performed for Bands of America in Indianapolis, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference, New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Winter Conference, MENC Biennial National Conference in Minneapolis, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Nashville, First Night Virginia, First Night International, World Physics Conference and a concert tour throughout Oklahoma. As a performer, Mr. Smales is active in the upstate NY region where he performs as Principal Percussionist with the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, eNeRJee Jazz Group, leads his own percussion trio and plays lead steel pan with PANIGMA. He runs an annual Summer Percussion Camp in Binghamton for area school students and his published works include percussion solos, ensembles, books and method books published by Kendor, HoneyRock, Drop6, House Panther Press and Phantom Music Publishing. Mr. Smales has presented clinics for MENC, NYSSMA, NYSBDA and the NJMEA and writes articles on music and percussion that have appeared in Percussive Notes, School Band and Orchestra, School Music News, The Instrumentalist and Band World magazines. Mr. Smales endorses Pro Mark drumsticks and mallets, Grover Pro Percussion and served as the New York State Percussive Arts Society Vice President and Percussion Chair for the New York State School Music Association for many years. Joel and his wife Athena live in Kirkwood, NY with their four children.


  • MM, Binghamton University
  • BM, Crane School of Music

Research Interests

  • Percussion