These activities are all offered in conjunction with concert performances by Joseph Daley. These performances can include Mr. Daley’s own ensembles or can feature faculty and student musicians under his direction. All presentations include elements of student participation.

  • SOLO
    Mr. Daley will work on solo concert techniques and recommendations with select students and develop an outline for a performance-based solo concert. Interested students will have coaching sessions for the development of a musical selection to perform on Mr. Daley’s solo concert.

    Students will receive three pieces of music four weeks prior to the residency. The professor will work with the students to generally develop the pieces, and selecting the individual personnel for each piece. Mr. Daley will then work with the student groups to add his own nuance and leader’s conception for final presentation. 

    The pieces can then be performed as part of a concert presentation that would open for Mr. Daley’s performance. Or it can be tied into a concert presentation by which Students will be invited to perform onstage with Mr. Daley and his Ebony Brass Quintet (or a Brass Quintet comprised of faculty members). Students will receive the concert repertoire four weeks prior to the residency. The professor will work with the students to generally develop one of the works, and selecting outstanding students to participate in as a member of the ensemble on one piece each during the concert presentation. Mr. Daley will then work with the student groups to add his own nuance and leader’s conception for the performance. The student and/or faculty ensemble will perform one piece as a group and then the individual members will each be invited to replace or join one of the Quintet members on each of the three compositions.

    This will follow the same format as the Brass Quintet, except that the performance will take place with Mr. Daley and his Earth Tones Ensemble, or a jazz orchestra comprised of faculty members.


Professional comportment

As a highly respected and much-in-demand sideman for many outstanding and demanding international leaders, Joseph Daley has always embodied the highest standards of professional comportment and commitment. His class focuses upon the development of personal conduct and commitment necessary for successful participation in the highly competitive realm of professional musical expression. Specifically, Mr. Daley will cover these three extremely important areas of comportment:

  • Discipline - practice, theoretical study, sketch pad development, daily compositional development, exercise and diet

  • Responsibility - (as leader or sideman) punctuality, reliability and loyalty

  • Preparation - (rehearsing and performing) understanding important rehearsal and performance techniques and their applications

Forming and leading an ensemble

After more than forty years observing some of the music business’s most respected and important leaders, and several years maintaining his own ensembles from his Ebony Brass Quintet to his 20+ member Earth Tones Ensemble, Joseph Daley is fully aware of the demands and necessities that a strong leader faces in maintaining a working group in the most challenging environment of Jazz. His class focuses upon the unique skill sets and applications needed to establish, develop and maintain a working ensemble, covering these areas:

  • Instrumentation - selecting the instrumentation of the ensemble best suited for the compositions and style of the music and the professional goals of the group

  • Repertoire - selecting the compositions to be performed by the ensemble (originals by leader, originals by the other members, jazz standards, Great American Songbook, etc.) and the styles and arrangements to be employed

  • Personnel - Identifying the members of the ensemble with consideration of price, availability, dependency, commitment, attitude, personality, habits, etc.

  • Economics - considering the economic viability of developing and maintaining an ensemble within the potential employment possibilities, members’ commitments, geographical considerations, access to rehearsal space, etc

  • Rehearsal and performance skills - understanding and developing the necessary organizational and leadership qualities essential to leading an ensemble and recognizing the capabilities of the members to perform both the music and within the unique character of the entity of the ensemble


With more than 40 recordings as a sideman with a totally diverse set of artists and groups, ranging from Taj Mahal, Natalie Merchant and Hazmat Modine to Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Joseph Daley took on the formidable task of producing a recording of his own Earth Tones Ensemble in late 2009. Featuring an ensemble of nearly 30 musicians, The Seven Deadly Sins was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2011(and the production was a subject of a 23-minute documentary film). His class on recording covers these essential components:

  • Pre-production - Planning and developing a full strategy for the most effective use of time in selecting personnel, preparing them for the musical performance, rehearsing and structuring the recording sessions

  • Budgeting - Planning and preparing for all possibilities to keep the recording schedule under complete control without sacrificing musical integrity or running into the highly expensive costs related to recording

  • Studio and Engineer selection - Researching and reviewing potential studios and engineers to identify the most suitable match and best environment for the music

  • Goals and objectives - Creating a detailed roadmap for the full realization of the musical goals by properly preparing all of the personnel and developing a viable timeline that can be effectively maintained

  • Post production - Identifying all of the elements of post-production, including overdubbing (if necessary), mixing, editing, repairs, and mastering


Composition - A highly regarded and honored composer of many compositions ranging from solo pieces to large ensembles, Joseph Daley’s Master Class in Composition focuses upon the development of compositional techniques based upon applied music theory application: Lydian, 12-tone, Blues, Perfect 4ths and 5ths, etc. Mr. Daley will also work with the students in identifying the various instruments to be utilized by recognizing the particular tonal aspects and ranges of the potential instrumentation, as well as incorporating various elements of arranging and orchestration.


Technique for low brass players

A recognized virtuoso on tuba and euphonium, Joseph Daley’s one-on-one teaching includes proper warm ups, flexibility, scales and etudes, range building, repertoire development and improvisation.