Joseph Carver


Associate Director of Bands
Director, Western Thunder Marching Band

PA 3050
(307) 766-5244 |

Joseph Carver, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Western Thunder Marching Band at the University of Wyoming. In addition to directing the Marching and Athletic bands, he conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate classes in music education. Dr. Carver earned his Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University, and a M.M. and B.M. in music education from Ohio University.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Carver served as a full-time graduate associate for The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands where he assisted the directing staff in all aspects of the program’s operation. In addition to his conducting duties, Dr. Carver studied drill design techniques with OSU director, Dr. Christopher Hoch and served as a visual designer for pregame and halftime performances of the marching band.  He also assisted in teaching undergraduate methods courses and guest conducted several bands.

Dr. Carver was a music educator for nine years in the public schools of Ohio where he primarily served as a high school band director. He has presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference on topics surrounding band program recruitment and retention. Dr. Carver’s dissertation research is about the musical and non-musical outcomes of high school marching band. Carver’s other scholarly activity includes serving as a contributing author in the popular Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series (GIA Publications).  

As a percussionist, Dr. Carver is an alumnus of the Ohio University Marching 110, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2002-2003), and the Disneyland All-American College Band, where he served as the assistant director in 2006. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma, and holds professional affiliations with NAfME, and CBDNA.

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Department of Music

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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