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 Drag Here to Add To List STRING ORCHESTRA Compositions Aeolian Adventure YAS172 :2:43 String Orchestra Arena of the Gladiators FAS75 2:07 String Orchestra Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite BAS38 String Orchestra Busy As A Bee BAS32 String Orchestra Chant and Ritual Dance YAS166 :2:48 String Orchestra Chesapeake Sails YAS21 String Orchestra Dance of Salome YAS101 String Orchestra Dorian Dialogue YAS159 :2:48 String Orchestra Fingerboard Frolic BAS60 2:12 String Orchestra Gothic Cathedral BAS66 String Orchestra Hannibal in the Alps BAS73 :1:58 String Orchestra Horizons FAS30 3:00 String Orchestra Peanut Butter and Celli FAS14 String Orchestra Pepperoni Pizza-cato PAS12 String Orchestra Potomac Sprint (Karol’s Waltz) YAS43 String Orchestra Praire Lullaby BAS5 2:30 String Orchestra Presenting The Strings BAS51 1:30 String Orchestra The Red Planet YAS103 String Orchestra Rustic Dance YAS34 String Orchestra Strings Royale BAS22 String Orchestra Struttin’ Strings FAS7 String Orchestra Super String Samba BAS17 String Orchestra T-Rex
A Tone Poem for Strings
FAS64 2:15 String Orchestra Tango Mariana YAS114 2:37 String Orchestra The Trapeze Waltz FAS53 String Orchestra Two American Scenes FAS60 String Orchestra Valse Diabolique YAS128 2:33 String Orchestra Arrangements Allegro, Air, and Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’(arr.) YAS14 String Orchestra Aunt Rhodie’s Diet(arr.) BAS44 String Orchestra The Best of Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5, Lullaby, Finale from Symphony No. 1(arr.)
YAS54 String Orchestra Chopin Showcase(arr.) YAS28 3:20 String Orchestra Countdown to Christmas BAS9 1:55 String Orchestra Country Dance (Passapied From Water Music)(arr.) BAS2 String Orchestra First Carols for Christmas
(Up On The Housetop, O Come Little Children)(arr.)
BAS35 String Orchestra Overture To Messiah(arr.) CAS1 String Orchestra Pierrot’s Bon Voyage(arr.) BAS47 String Orchestra Strings Meet The Masters(arr.) FAS25 String Orchestra CONCERT BAND Compositions Alpine March YPS27 2:15 Concert Band Anasazi Legend PPS15 1:45 Concert Band Anthracite Blaze FPS118 1:40 Concert Band Antiquitus BPS41 Concert Band Arena Of The Gladiators BPS22 Concert Band Aunt Rhodie’s Diet BPS57 Concert Band Ballet of fhe Gnomes FPS70 Concert Band The Band Picnic FPS99 2:34 Concert Band Basses Are Aces BPS15 Concert Band Bavarian Trails March YPS67 Concert Band Blast From The Past FPS86 2:34 Concert Band Buglers Rule PPS14 1:57 Concert Band Callisto YPS64 Concert Band Capriccio Ritmico CPS56 Concert Band Chant and Ritual Dance FPS104 2:50 Concert Band The Charioteers FPS47 2:10 Concert Band Chopsticks for Christmas BPS36 Concert Band Cinco de Corazones
(Five of Hearts)
YPS178 :3:15 Concert Band Clarinet Capers/Flam, Snap, Twinkle and Boom
BBS69 Concert Band Constellation
BPS37 Concert Band Dance Of The Thunderbolts CFD5 Concert Band Dimensions CFD11 Band Dimensions CPS33 Concert Band El Palimino Noble CPS88 Concert Band Enterprise CPS47 Concert Band Follow The Leader
BPS55 Concert Band Great Plains Saga PPS20 1:20 Concert Band Gypsy Dance CPS42 Concert Band Hannibal in the Alps PPS34 :1:55 Concert Band Heroes Of The Galaxy BPS16 3:00 Concert Band Homecoming
BPS62 2:29 Concert Band Jamaica Jack FPS15 Concert Band Jurassic Shark
FPS85 2:31 Concert Band Krazy Klock Rock BPS32 Concert Band Latin Smiles FPS65 Concert Band Legion Of Liberty BPS27 Concert Band Mexican Folk Song Fantasy
Percussion Gone Buggy
CPS103 3:10 Concert Band Monumental City
PPS38 :2:29 Concert Band Morning Glory
YPS123 2:35 Concert Band Mr. Sax Rocks Again FPS6 Concert Band North Point March BPS47 Concert Band Philharmonic Phun Phest FPS23 Concert Band Playground Parade PPS19 1:31 Concert Band Primo Percussion PPS7 2:48 Concert Band Quintessence PPS8 1:44 Concert Band Rights of Our Nation
FPS129 :2:15 Concert Band Rock To The Max, Mr. Sax BBS60 Concert Band Romulus BPS31 Concert Band Rondo Festivo CPS71 Concert Band The Royal Regiment YPS16 3:00 Concert Band Safari Drums Rock BPS21 Concert Band The Seventh Summit
BPS84 1:41 Concert Band Scholastics March
CPS152 2:14 Concert Band Slavic Scherzo (Furiant) CPS66 Concert Band Spanish Rose BBS74 2:50 Concert Band T-Rex
(A Tone Poem for Band)
BPS50 Concert Band Tango Mariana FPS22 Concert Band The Triumphant Trumpeteers FPS72 Concert Band Trombonanza FPS62 Concert Band Vigor CFD4 Concert Band Who’s A-Knockin’ Rock FPS132 :2:47 Concert Band Zenobia The Warrior Queen FPS73 Concert Band Arrangements Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite(arr.) BPS38 Concert Band The Band At The Opera(arr.) YPS52 Concert Band Best Of Brahms(arr.) FPS41 Concert Band Countdown To Christmas(arr.) BPS8 Concert Band Dance Of The Hours(arr.) YPS15 3:30 Concert Band First Carols of Christmas(arr.) BPS70 2:10 Concert Band Flutes With A Flair FPS52 Concert Band Kings Of Christmas
(Hallelujah Chorus, We Three Kings, Good King Wenceslas)(arr.)
BPS28 2:30 Concert Band March(arr.) CPS129 5:09 Concert Band Meet The Masters(arr.) FPS35 3:00 Concert Band Nutcracker Suite Petite(arr.) FPS43 Concert Band O Christmas in Three(arr.) FPS106 2:49 Concert Band Offenback Back To Back(arr.) FPS48 Concert Band Rockin’ Jingle Bells(arr.) BPS63 1:56 Concert Band Street Beat Christmas(arr.) FPS54 Concert Band Wake Up for Christmas
(Reveille, Jingle Bells, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)(arr.)
FPS58 2:30 Concert Band BOOKS At Christmas WF12 Alto Saxophone Classics BF15 Cello, Bass Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5375 Flute I, Flute III, Oboe II, Oboe III, Oboe I, Flute II Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5376 Clarinet I, Bass Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Clarinet III, Clarinet II Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5377 Alto Saxophone I, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone II, Baritone Saxophone Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5378 Brass Trio Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5379 Tenor, Baritone (Bass Clef), Bassoon, Tuba Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5380 Percussion Ensemble Ensembles Sound Spectacular – Book 2 O5381 Piano First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5415 Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Horn, Percussion, Tuba, Tenor, Trumpet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Euphonium First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5416 Flute, Oboe First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5417 Clarinet First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5418 Alto Saxophone First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5419 Bass Clarinet (in Bb), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone (in Treble Clef) First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5420 Trumpet First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5421 Horn First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5422 Trombone/Bari BC/Basoon First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5423 Tuba First Concert Folio – Pieces for Grade 1 Bands O5424 Percussion Playing With The Band WF10 Flute Playing With The Band WF11 Clarinet Playing With The Band WF13 Trumpet Playing With The Band At Christmas WF14 Trombone Playing With The Orchestra BF13 Violin Playing With The Orchestra BF14 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