Joel Panian joined the Jacksonville Symphony in 2012. He was also a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and has performed as an extra percussionist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, and the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio. For two seasons Joel was principal timpanist with the Finger Lakes Opera in Geneseo, New York and has performed with the percussion section of the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Duquesne University where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members Jeremy Branson, Chris Allen, and Andrew Reamer, and his Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University where he had the opportunity to study with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. Joel also had the pleasure of attending the Brevard Music Center for three summers where he had additional studies with Charles Ross of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Conrad Alexander. Joel is proud to endorse Freer Percussion products.