Percussionist Joseph “Joe” Caploe is a well-known educator and performer, and has appeared at music festivals and clinics at universities and high schools across the United States. His band, Neck N Neck, is a proponent of cross-cultural sounds, blending world music and jazz.
Before relocating to San Antonio in 2010 he spent 13 years serving as Director of Percussion and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. He is a past-president of the Wisconsin Percussive Arts society and hosted the 2003 Wisconsin PAS Days of Percussion at University of Wisconsin–Platteville. His major concert appearances include the Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Festival de Theatre (Montreal), Day of the Drum Festival (San Francisco), Watts Day of the Drum Festival (Los Angeles), Monterey Jazz Festival, Concord Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, America Festival, Jazz Alive (San Antonio) and Wisconsin Public Radio. He has performed workshops and clinics at universities and high schools in California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Texas. He can be heard with many groups in San Antonio, including the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, Primetime Jazz Orchestra, South Texas Jazz, Alto Madness, Ulterior Motive, Zarabande, Hot Sauce and is an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University, University of the Incarnate Word and Alamo Colleges.