Joseph Benjamin Earp is Director of Athletic Bands at Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Master of Music in Music Education from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. His professional teaching career began at Seneca High School in South Carolina as Director of Bands in 2006. After two years, he then taught at Robbinsville Middle and High Schools for a year before becoming the founding Director of Bands at Cox Mill High School in Concord, North Carolina. After eight years of numerous achievements at Cox Mill High School, he moved into his current role at Limestone University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Earp is an active published composer and clinician with his music being performed internationally. His major compositional accomplishments include being winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Composition Contest in Missouri, winner of the 2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest in Colorado, and multiple J.W. Pepper Editors’ Choice awards. He currently resides in Concord, North Carolina with his wife Mary Beth and sons, Jackson and Jasper. More about Mr. Earp can be found at www.joeemusic.com. Follow Mr. Earp on Twitter @earpcomposer. Find him on Instagram as earpcomposer.