Joseph Compello discovered his love of music when, as a child, he saw the Centennial Celebration Parade in his hometown of Carbondale, Pennsylvania. After his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, he began studying euphonium with Robert Kennick of the Baltimore Symphony. By the time he was in 11th grade at Patterson Park High School, his band director, Clarence Wroblewski, recommended Compello for a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School. While studying there, he came to the attention of the conductor of the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Dr. Richard L. Higgins, who invited him to be a regular member of his ensemble.
Upon graduating from high school, Compello auditioned for the undergraduate course of musical studies at the Peabody Conservatory. Among the adjudicating panel was Peter Mennin the Conservatory’s director. During his six-year tenure with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Compello performed all of the major repertoire for wind bands up to that time. After earning his undergraduate degree, and subsequently his Master’s Degree from Towson University, Compello entered the teaching profession.
From the very beginning of his 31 year career, he composed and arranged music to meet the specific skills of his students. In 1994, Andrew Balent, then editor of Carl Fischer’s educational music division, began publishing many of Compello’s classroom-tested compositions. His debut publication was a march for beginning band titled Cadets on Parade. In 1996 his best-seller Rock to the Max, Mr. Sax earned him a regular spot on the Carl Fischer Music writing staff and in 1999, Larry Clark continued to publish Compello’s music while encouraging him to expand his writing style. Now retired from teaching with over 150 published works to his credit, Compello continues to draw on his extensive background in music education to compose new music exclusively for Carl Fischer Music’s Performance Series.
His music for young players is now a model for college curricular study by music education students. A master’s thesis by Abel Borg entitled “The resourceful and engaging compositions for beginning band by Joseph Compello” is available here.
Compello’s journey from school teacher to internationally published composer was recently chronicled in the Baltimore Sun. His ASCAP award winning music is performed worldwide in venues ranging from school concerts to Carnegie Hall.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Compositions Aeolian Adventure 2:43 String Orchestra Arena of the Gladiators String Orchestra Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite String Orchestra Busy As A Bee String Orchestra Chant and Ritual Dance 2:48 String Orchestra Chesapeake Sails String Orchestra Dance of Salome String Orchestra Dorian Dialogue 2:48 String Orchestra Fingerboard Frolic String Orchestra Gothic Cathedral String Orchestra Hannibal in the Alps 1:58 String Orchestra Horizons String Orchestra Peanut Butter and Celli String Orchestra Pepperoni Pizza-cato String Orchestra Potomac Sprint (Karol’s Waltz) String Orchestra Praire Lullaby String Orchestra Presenting The Strings String Orchestra The Red Planet String Orchestra Rustic Dance String Orchestra Strings Royale String Orchestra Struttin’ Strings String Orchestra Super String Samba String Orchestra T-RexA Tone Poem for Strings String Orchestra Tango Mariana 2:37 String Orchestra The Trapeze Waltz String Orchestra Two American Scenes String Orchestra Valse Diabolique 2:33 String Orchestra Alpine March Concert Band Anasazi Legend Concert Band Anthracite Blaze 1:40 Concert Band Antiquitus Concert Band Arena Of The Gladiators Concert Band Aunt Rhodie’s Diet Concert Band Ballet of fhe Gnomes Concert Band The Band Picnic Concert Band Basses Are Aces Concert Band Bavarian Trails March Concert Band Blast From The Past Concert Band Buglers Rule Concert Band Callisto Concert Band Capriccio Ritmico Concert Band Chant and Ritual Dance 2:50 Concert Band The Charioteers Concert Band Chopsticks for Christmas Concert Band Cinco de Corazones(Five of Hearts) 3:15 Concert Band Clarinet Capers/Flam, Snap, Twinkle and BoomFor Band Concert Band ConstellationMarch Concert Band Dance Of The Thunderbolts Concert Band Dimensions Band Dimensions Concert Band El Palimino Noble Concert Band Enterprise Concert Band Follow The LeaderMarch Concert Band Great Plains Saga Concert Band Gypsy Dance Concert Band Hannibal in the Alps 1:55 Concert Band Heroes Of The Galaxy Concert Band HomecomingMarch Concert Band Jamaica Jack Concert Band Jurassic Shark(Megalodon) Concert Band Krazy Klock Rock Concert Band Latin Smiles Concert Band Legion Of Liberty Concert Band Mexican Folk Song FantasyPercussion Gone Buggy 3:10 Concert Band Monumental City(March) 2:29 Concert Band Morning Glory(March) 2:35 Concert Band Mr. Sax Rocks Again Concert Band North Point March Concert Band Philharmonic Phun Phest Concert Band Playground Parade Concert Band Primo Percussion 2:48 Concert Band Quintessence Concert Band Rights of Our Nation(March) 2:15 Concert Band Rock To The Max, Mr. Sax Concert Band Romulus Concert Band Rondo Festivo Concert Band The Royal Regiment Concert Band Safari Drums Rock Concert Band The Seventh Summit(March) Concert Band Scholastics March(March) 2:14 Concert Band Slavic Scherzo (Furiant) Concert Band Spanish Rose Concert Band T-Rex(A Tone Poem for Band) Concert Band Tango Mariana Concert Band The Triumphant Trumpeteers Concert Band Trombonanza Concert Band Vigor Concert Band Who’s A-Knockin’ Rock 2:47 Concert Band Zenobia The Warrior Queen Concert Band Arrangements Allegro, Air, and Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’(arr.) String Orchestra Aunt Rhodie’s Diet(arr.) String Orchestra The Best of BrahmsHungarian Dance No. 5, Lullaby, Finale from Symphony No. 1(arr.) String Orchestra Chopin Showcase(arr.) String Orchestra Countdown to Christmas(arr.) String Orchestra Country Dance (Passapied From Water Music)(arr.) String Orchestra First Carols for Christmas(Up On The Housetop, O Come Little Children)(arr.) String Orchestra Overture To Messiah(arr.) String Orchestra Pierrot’s Bon Voyage(arr.) String Orchestra Strings Meet The Masters(arr.) String Orchestra Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite Concert Band The Band At The Opera(arr.) Concert Band Best Of Brahms(arr.) Concert Band Countdown To Christmas(arr.) Concert Band Dance Of The Hours(arr.) Concert Band First Carols of Christmas(arr.) Concert Band Flutes With A Flair Concert Band Kings Of Christmas(Hallelujah Chorus, We Three Kings, Good King Wenceslas)(arr.) Concert Band March(arr.) 5:09 Concert Band Meet The Masters(arr.) Concert Band Nutcracker Suite Petite(arr.) Concert Band O Christmas in Three(arr.) 2:49 Concert Band Offenback Back To Back(arr.) Concert Band Rockin’ Jingle Bells(arr.) Concert Band Street Beat Christmas(arr.) Concert Band Wake Up for Christmas(Reveille, Jingle Bells, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)(arr.) Concert Band BOOKS At Christmas(arr.) Alto Saxophone Classics(arr.) Cello, Bass Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 Flute I, Flute III, Oboe II, Oboe III, Oboe I, Flute II Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 Clarinet I, Bass Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Clarinet III, Clarinet II Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 Alto Saxophone I, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone II, Baritone Saxophone Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 Brass Trio Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2(arr.) Tenor, Baritone (Bass Clef), Bassoon, Tuba Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 Percussion Ensemble Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 Piano First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Horn, Percussion, Tuba, Tenor, Trumpet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Euphonium First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Flute, Oboe First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Clarinet First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Alto Saxophone First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands(arr.) Bass Clarinet (in Bb), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone (in Treble Clef) First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Trumpet First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Horn First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Trombone/Bari BC/Basoon First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Tuba First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands Percussion Playing With The Band(arr.) Flute Playing With The Band(arr.) Clarinet Playing With The Band(arr.) Trumpet Playing With The Band At Christmas(arr.) Trombone Playing With The Orchestra(arr.) Violin Playing With The Orchestra(arr.) Viola
Joseph Compello: Dorian Dialogue
…this is an excellent piece for teaching Dorian mode…After each theme is presented on its own, with the rest of the orchestra accompanying, the themes are presented together, giving students an opportunity to work on blend and balance. The introduction includes some great examples of call and response.–Matthew Wright, ASTA Journal