Joseph Hasper was born in 1963 and studied composition at the Pennsylvania Governorís School for the Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, the Armed Forces School of Music, the Army Institute for Professional Development, the Mannes College of Music, and the University of Oklahoma. His teachers include Leonardo Balada, David Berlin, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Konstantinos Karathanasis and Marvin Lamb. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma where he performs with the New Century and Jazz Ensembles. His compositions have been performed by the Holland Symphony Orchestra, Newburg Symphony, Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra, Coachella Valley Symphony, Texas Christian University, Fresno Pacific University, York College, University of Oklahoma School of Dance, Royal Melbourne Institute of echnology, Eighth US Army Band, I Corps Army Band, 389th Army Band (AMCís Own), 98th Army Band, and numerous professional and educational ensembles at home and abroad. His awards include the Anton Stadler Competition,
Parade of American Music Composerís Award, Michael Hennagin Memorial Scholarship, Robberton Travel Grant, Fresno New Music Festival Guest Composer, University of Oklahoma Graduate Research Award, and grants from the American Music Center and University of Oklahoma. He has been active since 1981 as an arranger, piano soloist, sideman and combo leader. Notable engagements include long-running jazz trio gigs at the Seoul Hyatt; keyboardist and arranger for Harriet LeGrant from 1988-90; and keyboardist and arranger for The Great Scott Band in Asbury Park, NJ (1991-1993), and staff arranger US Army Bands based in Alabama, Washington State, New Jersey and Korea (1986-1995).
In addition to jazz compositions, over 100 of his band, wind ensemble and orchestral works have been publicly performed by military, professional, amateur and school ensembles across the world. Highlights include the premiere of A Stephen Foster Medley at the Asiatic Bandmasters Conference; Concertino for Piano and Orchestra with the 389th Army Band; 990; Requiem For A Moment (guitar and wind ensemble) with guitarists Eric Peterson and Robert Laskey; 22 orchestral arrangements for the Holland Symphony O Orchestraís Tulip Time pops concert; Onward Fresno!, the official fight song of Fresno Pacific University; Autumn Invasion (concert band), commissioned by the Thomas Grover Middle School Band; Dream Trajectories, commissioned by organist Joseph Henry; Immigrant (piano trio) at the Fresno New Music Festival; "WATER Dance", commissioned for the 2011 International WaTER Conference; and severalballet pieces at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance.
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