Biography

Joseph Benjamin Earp is the Music/Music Industry Chair and Director of Bands at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Music in Music Education from Anderson University (Anderson, South Carolina), and a Doctor of Music Education from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). 2019 Dr. Earp was inducted into the Omega Nu Lambda National College Honor Society based on his academic achievement at Liberty University. In 2020, he was named a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

His professional teaching career began in 2006 as Director of Bands at Seneca High School in South Carolina. After two years, he taught band at Robbinsville Middle and High Schools for a year before becoming the founding Director of Bands at Cox Mill High School in Concord, North Carolina. Major accomplishments teaching at the secondary level include one of his symphonic bands auditioning and being selected to perform at the 2013 North Carolina Music Educators State Conference, multiple superior ratings, grand championships, awards, and recognitions from his instrumental ensembles. After eight years of numerous achievements at Cox Mill High School, he moved into his role at Limestone University (Gaffney, South Carolina) as Director of Athletic Bands, elevating many elements of Limestone’s athletic band program. A major accomplishment of the Limestone University Marching Saints was auditioning and being selected to lead one of the afternoon parades at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in January 2019. Just before his role at Hinds Community College, Dr. Earp was the Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Tasked with reviving the instrumental music program at Pfeiffer, he re-established the wind ensemble and pep band. Additionally, he wrote Pfeiffer’s first fight song which the school’s student government association adopted. Dr. Earp also ensured the instrumental building at Pfeiffer received much-needed renovations.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Earp is an active published composer and arranger with his music being performed internationally. His works are made available by BKJ Publications, Carl Fischer, CTS Publications (Distributed by C. L. Barnhouse), and RWS Music Company (Distributed by Alfred Music). Dr. Earp’s major compositional accomplishments include being the winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Composition Contest in Missouri, winner of the 2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest in Colorado, multiple J.W. Pepper Editors’ Choice awards, and multiple works selected to be part of the Band World Magazine Top 100. He resides in Clinton, Mississippi with his wife Mary Beth and sons Jackson and Jasper.

More about Dr. Earp can be found at www.joeemusic.com. Follow Dr. Earp on social media @earpcomposer.

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Music Education – Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2020
  • Master of Music in Music Education – Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina , 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina, 2006
  • 2023: Elf-Con Five, The Fencing Master, and Kye Kye Kule (Concert Band) – J. W. Pepper's Editors' Choice catalog
  • 2022: Chorale and Allegro (C. T. Smith), Rondo from Incidental Suite (C. T. Smith), and Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace (C. T. Smith) – BANDWORLD Top 100
  • 2022: Arabia and Man Against Machine (Concert Band) – J. W. Pepper's Editors' Choice catalog
  • 2021: Carol of the Boombuckets, Declaration Overture (C. T. Smith), Emperata Overture (C. T. Smith), and Where the Wild Things Dance – BANDWORLD Top 100
  • 2021: Carol of the Boombuckets for (Concert Band or Custom Ensemble) – J. W. Pepper's Editors' Choice catalog
  • 2021: Where the Wild Things Dance (Custom Concert Ensembles) – J. W. Pepper's Editors' Choice catalog
  • 2020: Ghillie Dhu "Elf of the Forest" from Scottish Folklore (Concert Band) – J. W. Pepper's Editors' Choice catalog
  • 2020: University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
  • 2019: Inducted into the Omega Nu Lambda National College Honor Society for academic achievement – Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia)
  • 2019: Where the Wild Things Dance (Concert Band) – J. W. Pepper's Editors' Choice catalog
  • 2018: Migrate to Gyrate – Winner of the 10th Annual Thornton Community Band Composition Contest (Colorado)
  • 2014: Loving Lenoir Award (Lenoir, North Carolina)
  • 2012: Outstanding Teacher Award (Cox Mill High School – Concord, North Carolina)
  • 2010: Winner of the Claude T. Smith Memorial Composition Contest (Missouri)
  • 2009: University of North Carolina at Charlotte Alumni Achievement Award (North Carolina)
  • 2002: John Philip Sousa Award (West Caldwell High School - Lenoir, North Carolina)

Commissions & Awards

  • 2024: Through These Halls – Cuthbertson Middle School Band, Union County, North Carolina
  • 2024: Wonderous Glory – Commission by Todd Taylor, Jackson Academy, Mississippi
  • 2024: AIRWAVES – Commission by MAIS Bandmasters Association, Mississippi
  • 2023: Metro Muse – Commission for the 2023 Charlotte-Mecklenburg High School Bands (NC) by the CMS Arts Education Department and Derek Smith, Performing Arts Specialist
  • 2023: Spartacus Rising – Commission for the 2023 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Middle School Bands (NC) by the CMS Arts Education Department and Derek Smith, Performing Arts Specialist
  • 2023: When Grace Shines Brightly – Commissioned for the North Carolina Bandmasters Northwest District 9-12 Grade Honor Band
  • 2022: Hurrah! – Commission by the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble for the NC Concert Band Music Consortium
  • 2021: Flight Plan “Rise of the Eagle” – Commissioned by the Palmetto Christian Academy of Gaffney (Gaffney, South Carolina)
  • 2020: Brilliant Voices – Commissioned by the 2020 Hibriten High School Band under the direction of Hunter Soots (Lenoir, North Carolina)
  • 2019: To Reach Through the Sky – Commissioned for the memory of Edd Powell by the Central Cabarrus and Hickory Ridge High School Band Programs (Harrisburg, North Carolina)
  • 2019: Birds of Prey (Concert March) – Commissioned for the Mount Holly Middle School Band and their director Rachel Moore by Mount Holly Middle School (Mount Holly, North Carolina)
  • 2018: Hatsuhi Sunrise for Percussion Ensemble – Commissioned for the H. M. Arndt Middle School Percussion Ensemble and their director Kevin R. Townsend by H. M. Arndt Middle School (Hickory, North Carolina)
  • 2018: Eagles Take Flight! (Concert March) – Commissioned for the Kannapolis Middle School Band and their director Jennifer Merry Shatley by Kannapolis Middle School (Kannapolis, North Carolina)
  • 2018: Hickory Ridge Holiday – (First commissioned work performed internationally in China by the Hickory Ridge Band) Commissioned for the Hickory Ridge High School Wind Ensemble and their director Chris White by the Hickory Ridge High School Band Boosters (Harrisburg, North Carolina)
  • 2017: To Commend Above Beyond All – Commissioned for the 2017 Cabarrus All County Band by Blair Smith (Concord, North Carolina)
  • 2016: A Room with A View – Commissioned for the Silvio Martinat Swing Band by John R. Craig (Lenoir, North Carolina)
  • 2016: The Heroic Hudson Hornet – Commissioned for the Harper Concert Band by John R. Craig (Lenoir, North Carolina)
  • 2015: Mustangs Rebel the Knight of Wolves – Commissioned for the Lincolnton All County Band by Blair Smith (Lincolnton, North Carolina)
  • 2015: The Cast Iron Sixth – Commissioned for the Central Cabarrus High School Concert Band by Steve Petrucci (Concord, North Carolina)
  • 2014: A Stroll in the Park – Commissioned for the Central Cabarrus High School Concert Band by Steve Petrucci (Concord, North Carolina)
  • 2013: WE ARE BRAVE (Concert March) – Commissioned for the Gamewell Middle School 8th Grade Band by Kevin Townsend (Gamewell, North Carolina)
  • 2013: Among the Vikings – Commissioned for the Central Cabarrus High School Concert Band by Steve Petrucci (Concord, North Carolina)
  • 2007: Stone Mountain Fanfare – Commissioned for the All-Region Band by Blair Smith (Stone Mountain, Georgia)
  • 2006: The Nobles of Queen City – Commissioned for the Queen City Brass Festival by Dave Silden (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • 2006: Coastal Fanfare – Commissioned for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Eastern All-District Band by Blair Smith

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Featured Works/Titles

  • Where The Wild Things Dance

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Light / Novelty

  • For The Sake Of Old Times

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Holiday

  • Hatsuhi Sunrise

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

  • Jingle Jolly Jangle

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Holiday

  • Ever The Rambling Winds

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Marches / Galops

  • Elf-Con Five

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Holiday

  • Mississippi Blue

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Light / Novelty

  • Alala

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Concert / Festival

  • Where The Wild Things Dance

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Concert / Festival

  • Carol Of The Boombuckets

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Light / Novelty

  • Man Against Machine

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Concert / Festival

  • Ceremonious

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Marches / Galops

  • Ghillie Dhu (“Elf Of The Forest” from Scottish Folklore)

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Concert / Festival

  • PURR-Snickety

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

  • Ghillie Dhu (“Elf Of The Forest” from Scottish Folklore)

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Concert / Festival

  • Kye Kye Kule

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Light / Novelty

  • Canon In Boombucket Major

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Light / Novelty

  • When Boombuckets Come Marching Home

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Light / Novelty

  • Arabia

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Programmatic

  • When Grace Shines Brightly

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Concert / Festival

  • Red, White And Blue

    By: Joseph Benjamin Earp

    Patriotic