Technical Sgt. Joseph Velez is a clarinetist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Clearwater, Florida, his career in the Air Force began in 2018.
A graduate of The Florida State University, Velez received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2015. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 2017, where he performed and recorded with the Symphony Band and University Orchestras. His teachers include Daniel Gilbert, Chad Burrow, Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, and Jonathan Holden.
Prior to joining the Air Force, Velez participated in the National and Eastern Music Festivals. Additionally, he has performed with the West Michigan Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic, and Ocala Symphony Orchestra.