Joseph T. Spaniola

Joseph T. Spaniola is a composer on a passionate quest to engage the hearts and minds of audiences and performers through the communicative powers of music.


Spaniola is active as a composer, arranger, educator, conductor, lecturer, producer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has composed works for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voice, choir, and electronic tape. His works have received honors from the National Band Association, The American Prize, Global Music Awards, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Dallas Wind Symphony, and others. His compositions have been performed and recorded by ensembles in North America, Europe, Japan, South America, Israel, China, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore.


He has worked on projects for a wide variety of artists, ensembles, and institutions across the United States, Europe, and Japan, including Reneé Fleming, Sammy Nestico, Frank Sinatra, Rick Nielsen (of Cheap Trick), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, the Boston Brass, Paul Compton, the Eastern Wind Symphony, the White House Historical Association, Buick, Chrysler, and others. His works have been premiered or presented at conferences and festivals hosted by the College Music Society, American Bandmasters Association, International Trombone Association, International Clarinet Association, International Double Reed Society, The Midwest Clinic, the Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and others.


Spaniola is a Professor of Music and the Director of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at the University of West Florida. Prior to joining UWF, he was the Chief Composer/Arranger for The US Air Force Academy Band. Works by the composer are available through Musica Propria, Kagarice Brass Editions, Tuba Euphonium Press, and Joseph T. Spaniola Music. He studied music at the University of North Texas, Michigan State University, and Boston University. photo: John Perkins


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