Young Drummer


At age 12, playing timpani with the Staten Island District Orchestra on TV's "Wonderama"

Staten Island Advance - May 18, 1960

Staten Island District Orchestra

Joe's first drum Age 5

Joe Piazza
Joe Piazza
Joe Piazza

ON THE DOWN BEAT—Left, the brass section of the 70-member elementary school district orchestra runs through a number with Louis Detaranto, grade school music coordinator on the Island, in preparation for the annual spring concert tonight in PS 19, West Brighton.


Below, 13-year old Joseph Piazza of PS 41, New Dorp, plays an improvised drum solo as the string section watches from above.

Staten Island Advance - 1959

Joe Piazza