The Kennedy Center
Joseph Connell

Joseph Connell
Regularly Engaged Extra Musician

Joseph Connell is the regularly engaged extra percussionist with the National Symphony Orchestra. He appears on their Grammy winning recording of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 as well as playing drum set and percussion on the NSO’s most recent recording Remembering JFK, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. In addition to performing with the NSO, he has played several musicals at the Kennedy Center including Showboat, Wicked, Titanic, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves, and Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Mr. Connell plays drum set, timpani, and percussion on the Original Cast recording).

Recent engagements have been with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic with Marvin Hamlisch and Idina Menzel at the Royal Albert Hall.

 Equally at home in rock and jazz fields, Joseph has performed with music artists as diverse as Patti Labelle, country music’s Charlie Daniels, the Prog-rock group Yes, and the legendary Quincy Jones. He has been on an adjunct professor of percussion and drum set at George Washington University since 1988. Mr. Connell’s drum set transcriptions have appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine.

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210