Reaching for Higher Standards

Mike Lawson • Archives • October 21, 2006

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By Christian Wissmuller

A respected percussionist who has performed with top-notch jazz ensembles and the Binghamton (N.Y.) Philharmonic, Joel Smales has also authored ensemble, percussion, and method books published by Phantom Publications and his articles on music education and percussion have appeared in nationally distributed periodicals, including School Band & Orchestra.

Mr. Smales currently holds the titles of vice president, NYS Percussive Arts Society and Percussion chair, NYSSMA, and has been director of Bands at Binghamton High School’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts for the past six years.

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