Percussion Instructor, The Cadets
Percussion Co-Caption Head, Cadets2
The 2018 season marks Joe Ciancimino's third year as a percussion instructor for The Cadets. The 2018 season also marks Joe Ciancimino's fifth year working as a percussion instructor for Cadets2 and third year working as Percussion Caption Supervisor.
Joe began his drum corps career with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010. He played tenors for the group for the 2010 and 2011 prior to becoming a member of The Cadets. In 2011, Joe was also a member of United Percussion, placing seventh in WGI World Class Championships. As a member of The Cadets, Joe stayed with The Cadets through his age-out summer in 2013, and was a part of the percussion section that claimed the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award, helping to shape and redefine the standard of World Championship percussion sections in DCI.
Joe previously was Battery Caption Head at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA, where he had been teaching since 2012. During his first season with Upper Darby, he helped lead the group to the 2013 WGI Open Class Championships, placing first in the Scholastic Open Class Competition. The following year, he helped to lead the group to their first-ever performance in WGI Scholastic World Class, placing tenth at WGI Championships.
Joe studied under many renowned educators such as Colin McNutt, Brian Perez, Nick Werth, Johnny Trujillo as well as many others. Joe has also worked as a percussion adjudicator with numerous circuits since 2016.
Joe currently resides in Norristown, PA. He is a graduate of the accounting program at Temple University and currently works on his career in auditing outside of drum corps.