ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF
Joe Morales lives in Austin, Texas and is a recording session player, arranger, producer, composer, performer and music teacher for a living.Joe's main passion in life, however, is teaching children to interpret music the best way that they can. Joe was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and attended Southwest Texas State University on a music scholarship. He went on to study voice and composition at Corpus Christi State University. Shortly after, Joe taught as a band director in Corpus Christi Texas before moving to Austin to pursue a career as a performing musician.
Joe has worked with world renowned bands and artists of all genres. Joe has recorded on many albums with artists such, as Linda Rondstadt, John Hyatt, Flaco Jimenez, Stephen Stills, Texas Tornadoes, Freddie Fender and many more. Joe received a Grammy Plaque for his work in arranging and performing on an award-winning song on a Flaco Jimenez CD. For thirteen years Joe travelled with the popular band Duck Soup, during which time he performed with such national greats as Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, The Mavericks, Bob Seger, Clay Walker, and Tobi Keith.In addition to his performing work, Joe has privately instructed at least 20 all-state musicians and countless more region band qualifiers in both jazz and classical fields on many different instruments in the last 34 years of teaching.
Throughout his affiliation with the Westlake High School Jazz program as the resident jazz clinician, Joe has brought world renowned acts to help build the jazz program and has broadened the interest in the jazz band program throughout the Eanes ISD.