Joseph Cooper is a native of Southern California. His primary instrument is piano and his secondary is French horn, though he has performed on nearly every instrument in numerous ensembles.
Mr. Cooper earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at Oklahoma State University with a minor in Philosophy. He then went on to complete his Master's degree at Columbia College Chicago where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition for the Screen.
Mr. Cooper has worked as a designer and choreographer for several marching bands, color guards, winter guards, and drum and bugle corps in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Washington. Mr. Cooper also works as a freelance composer for film and television as well as for various chamber ensembles, concert bands, marching bands, and jazz ensembles.
In April 2016, during his first year at New West, he was awarded the Adjudicators Award at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival in Anaheim as most outstanding director.