Joe Smyth was born in Westbrook, Maine, graduating from Westbrook High School in 1975. In 1979 he received a B.M. in Music Composition from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, where his principal teachers were Alan Dawson and Dean Anderson. In 1981 he received a M.M. in Applied Percussion from the University of Miami, where he studied under Fred Wickstrom and taught as a graduate assistant.
Orchestrally, Joe has performed with The Portland Symphony, The Maine Opera Orchestra, Brookline (MA) Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Miami Pops Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony.
For the past 24 years, he has been a founding and continuing member of the group Sawyer Brown, recording 20 albums on Capitol and Curb Records. Four of these are certified 'Gold' with total sales in excess of 6 million copies. Their latest CD, entitled "Keep Your Hands To Yourself," will be released in August 2005.
Traveling 12 months a year with Sawyer Brown, Joe has performed over 3500 concerts throughout the 50 states, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and the PDR of China.
Joe's awards include 6 consecutive Nashville Network/Music City News "Group of the Year" Awards, the Country Music Association Horizon Award, the Academy of Country Music "Group of the Year" Award, 3 Country Music Television "Video Group of the Year" Awards, and American Music Award and Grammy Award nominations.
Since 2002, Joe has been on the faculty of Brentwood Academy (Nashville, Tennessee), where he teaches symphonic percussion and drumset, and conducts percussion and jazz ensembles.
In 2003, Joe founded and leads the Andrew Crockett Junior Fife and Drum Corps, "The Preemptors." The corps, founded under the auspices of the Lt. Andrew Crockett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, is dedicated to the performance of the military music of the American Revolution.
In 2005, Joe founded the Matrix Percussion Trio, currently playing school concerts in the Nashville area and finishing a DVD project.
With his ongoing love of music, education, and the belief that one should in turn "give back" what he has been given, Joe is firmly committed to sharing his knowledge from and insights of a lifetime in music.