My thoughts and out loud thoughts on composition, performance, and many things musical.



Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Joe Young currently resides in New York City. A prolific composer, he writes and performs original music inspired by both classical and contemporary artists. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Additionally, Joe is a traveling musician and member of the United States Army Band. He has had the privilege of performing across the country and world. Guitar and trumpet are his native and primary instruments, with additional interest in mandolin and banjo.


As a multi-instrumentalist, Joe has been privileged to play with musicians, bands, and productions such as A Band Called HonaleeSutton FosterBen Clark & the Long ShadowsRyan BrewerSarah McGowan, Pool Cosby, The Circus in Winter, Dee Roscioli, 38th Infantry Division Band, 1st Cavalry Division Band, 319th Army Band, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Hendricks Symphony Orchestra, Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis 500 pre-ceremonies 2009 & 2010.

In 2015 & 2016, Joe was a composer fellow at the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in Valdeblore, France, where he wrote and performed with musicians from around the world. In 2008, he studied trumpet, opera, and conducting in Salzburg, Austria.

Joe has studied with:


  • John Holt
  • Paul Everett
  • Mark DeGoti
  • Larry Powell
  • Zoran Curovic
  • Tage Larsen


  • Paul Riley
  • Andy Cowling


  • Yevgeniy Sharlat
  • Andrew List
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Shafer Mahoney



One response

  1. Love your blog and loved listening to you play!

    August 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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