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
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