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Joseph Brooks

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Professor of Music

Joseph Brooks is a very active and diverse woodwind performer.  Spanning his career of nearly 40 years he has held principal chairs and has been a featured soloist on the clarinet, oboe, and saxophone.  As a guest artist and clinician he has frequented college and university campuses throughout the United States. He has served as the solo clarinetist with the United States Continental Army Band, principal clarinet and featured soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra and has been heard in recital at the International Clarinet Convention.  In addition to his credits as a classical performer, Professor Brooks is also active as a jazz artist.  

 Mr. Brooks has been on the faculty at Walla Walla University, Whitman College, Western Kentucky University, and is presently the Professor of Clarinet at Central Washington University.  He performs regularly with the Central Wind Quintet, The Joe Brooks Quartet, and is often heard in recital as a classical saxophonist and clarinetist.  He takes special pleasure in performing as often as is possible with his son, Jeffrey Brooks.


Selected Preformances:

  • Black Dog for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, Scott McAllister
    With the CWU Wind Ensemble, Larry Gookin, conductor
  • Adagio from the Suite for Clarinet and Piano, Jindrich Feld 
  • Sonata in Bb for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 107, Max Reger
    •  Vivace 
    • Adagio
    • Allegretto con grazia
  • Three Etudes on Themes of Gershwin, Paul Harvey
    • I Got Rhythm
    • Summertime
    • It Ain’t Necessarily So
  • Ballade from Four Characteristic Pieces, William Hurlstone 
  • Just For Pam,  Joseph Brooks
    The Joe Brooks Quartet
  • And Touch The Face Of God,  Joseph Brooks
    ….for Justin


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