Teaching Artist, ChiME Time Drumline and Classroom Music
Joe Pascarello is a freelance musician and educator based out of Chicago’s lovely Roger’s Park Neighborhood. Originally from Mason, Michigan, Joe attended Oakland University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music while studying the trombone with Dr. Kenneth Kroesche. In 2016 he completed his Master’s degree in Trombone Performance while studying with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Jay Friedman at the Chicago College of Performing Arts .
Maintaining an active performance schedule, Joe can regularly be heard playing everywhere from wedding receptions to orchestra halls. He spent 2018 as a member of the Norwegian Pearl Show Band where in addition to cabaret and theater style performances he got a crash course in jazz playing nightly lounge sets. Joe would put his varied experience to good use during the 2020 lockdowns when he and woodwind doubler Anthony Rodriguez formed “The Quarentet”. A group that recorded and performed original arrangements of popular music for youtube, allowing a much needed creative outlet for everyone involved during a difficult time.
Joe has always had a passion for teaching and sharing music with others, and has helped students achieve their musical goals in private lessons, large groups, and traditional classroom settings. He is a firm believer that music education should be relevant and rooted to the music being made now. He uses his diverse performance background to approach traditional concepts like harmony and rhythm from a variety of angles, allowing students to explore their curiosity about the music they hear everyday.
In his free time you can find Joe watching his beloved Detroit Red Wings. He also enjoys golfing and skiing, even if he isn’t particularly good at either.