Joel Morris is a freelance percussionist / composer/ arranger. He was born in Chapel Hill, NC, and grew up in Athens, Ga. He began playing drums professionally at the age of eight for the University of Georgia Summer Theater and hasn't stopped playing since. Mr. Morris has performed with various touring shows & artists including as timpanist for Phantom of The Opera National Tour II, Al Jarreau, The Moody Blues, Brian Wilson, drumset for Widespread Panic, Michael Brecker, Sam Arlen, Mac Frampton, Cecil Welch, percussion for Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson, Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlish, Joni Mitchell, Rita Mareno, Maureen McGovern, and Bernadette Peters. He also does symphonic work, recording and club work, playing drum set, timpani and jazz vibes throughout the Atlanta area, as well as teaching private lessons and instructing at The Lovett School. Mr. Morris arranges music for both marching band and jazz band formats. He has written for percussion ensemble and a book for drum set and one for mallet exercises. Mr. Morris has recorded a number of album projects for various bands and artists including Robert Earl Keane, Widespread Panic, Grant Mclennan, Sam Arlen, Randall Bramblett, Jez Graham, The Vigilantes of Love, Matthew Kahler, The Grapes, The Bonaventure Quartet, Cecil Welch, Mac Frampton, Kevin Kinney, Steve Dancz, Bill Kahler, as well as numerous jingles for TV and radio. Some of the commercials on which you may have heard him were for CNN, Cartoon Network, Ford Trucks, Owens Corning, IBM, Upton's, Sportstown, Arby's, Little Debbie, and Krystal. Mr. Morris received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia.