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Joe Panganiban

Little Kids Rock
Chicago Regional Program Director

Joe has joined the Little Kids Rock team as the Regional Program Manager for Chicago in 2014 and has taught in the Chicago Public School District since 2012. Prior to teaching in Chicago, Joe has had the opportunity to teach and perform in a wide variety of settings from preschool through the collegiate level and from the Midwest to the international stage. He spent some time in New South Wales, Australia working with students as well as community members in band, orchestral, and choral ensembles. State-side, Joe has worked with several bands as a percussion instructor, arranger, and clinician. He has the opportunity to work with several award-winning high school marching bands in Iowa serving as the drumline instructor for Prairie High School, Mediapolis High School, and Williamsburg High School as well as later assuming the role as the assistant band director for the Maine West High School Marching Band in Illinois.

He has received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Iowa. Joe currently works with Darwin Elementary in Chicago implementing the Little Kids Rock curriculum from 2nd to 8th grade with modern band instruments and ukuleles. In addition to teaching kindergarten through 8th grade general music, he also oversees 3 rock bands, a concert band, and a ukulele ensemble at Darwin. Joe continues to promote arts education in Chicago serving on a committee for Ingenuity, Inc, an arts-related non-for-profit, as well as assisting the Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education with their music festivals and other special projects. He still performs throughout the Chicago area with the Lakeview Symphony, salsa bands, and a newly created teacher rock band.