New to the position of camp director, Joel has been a faculty member of MusiCamp since 2001.
Joel attended the music programs of Grant MacEwan College and the University of Alberta, studying trumpet with William Dimmer of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Dr. Fordyce Pier. He started playing professionally at the age of 17, and is known for his versatility, being as comfortable playing lead trumpet with the pops orchestra as he is playing traditional New Orleans music or baroque piccolo trumpet. He is a regular performer with many local artists and diverse musical ensembles, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, The Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree Orchestra, and Bok Brass.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Joel teaches music at MacEwan University, directs the Littlebirds Jazz Bands, is the president of the Dixieland Jazz Society of Alberta.