Joseph Peck is musician, educator, and producer of music and educational programs featuring the steel drum instrument, aka steelpans or simply pans. Joseph was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spent his formative years in Boca Raton, Florida playing drum set in rock bands. He discovered the steelpans while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
In 1996, Joseph traveled to Trinidad, West Indies, the birthplace of the steelpans, and performed with Potential Symphony (a 120-member steel drum band) for the Panorama National Steel Band Competition. Joseph went on to direct the Steel Pan Orchestra and teach World Music at Wichita State University. As an accredited artist with the Missouri Arts Council and Wichita Arts Partners, a division of Young Audiences, Joseph has conducted numerous performances and educational workshops.
Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2002, Joseph has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Afinke Machine, Babylon Saints, Scott Weiland, Cyndi Lauper, the Survivor House Band (CBS – reality show), Rocco Guarino (song-writer/producer), Ryan Gosling, and Didi Benami (American Idol) to name a few. In 2012 Joseph released his first solo album titled “Free-Flow Steelpan Meditations, Volume 1”, an album that explores the sonic possibilities of the steel drum. As a performing artist, he gives steel drum presentations for the City and County of Los Angeles Libraries, as well as performing live and in the studio for various Latin, reggae, rock, and world music projects. Peck is also a teaching artist faculty member with The Music Center and a program facilitator for Drumming For Your Life Institute. Joseph holds a valid State of California Music Education K-12 Credential and is a published contributor in “Teaching in the Diverse Classroom: Learner-Centered Activities that Work” by Tonya Huber-Bowen.
Regarding his debut solo album, Joseph states, “Scientifically speaking, the steelpan produces more overtones than any other instrument in the world. These overtones assist in activating the alpha-theta brainwaves, which in turn helps the listener to relax and rejuvenate. In creating this album, I’ve utilized those overtones to explore the sonic possibilities of music as a vehicle to guide the listener into deep resonance. It is from here – a place of inner calm – that true movement begins.”
Free-Flow Steelpan Meditations, Volume 1 is available on iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby and at JosephPeckMusic.com