Currently based out of Western Pennsylvania, Joe Scheller is a professional music educator and musician known for his versatility on a variety of instruments in live performances and recordings. Primarily a tenor and baritone saxophonist, Joe has performed in the past with numerous musical groups since 2009, such as the Riverside Jazz Ensemble, and the New World Trio of PGH.
He is the Director of Worship Arts at Charter Oak Church - Crossroads in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where he plays acoustic guitar and electric bass. Joe composes original music on the acoustic guitar, which can be streamed on all music platforms. Joe also teaches individual lessons out of his studio and online.
As an educator, Joe has taught music at various different schools across Pennsylvania since 2009. He recently taught at The Falk School at The University of Pittsburgh, where he was the director of three instrumental ensembles and private lessons.
Presently, Joe plays saxophone for the Derek Woods Band, which performs regionally around the Pittsburgh, PA area. The Derek Woods Band also had the privilege of sharing the stage with Jefferson Starship, the Allman Betts Band, and Melvin Seals & JGB. The band has also performed at events such as the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, NY, and at Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.
Derek Woods Band was the winner of the 2020 Hollywood Music in Media Awards under the Americana/Folk/Acoustic category for their song "Unforgiving Tree." This song is off of their 2019 Album "The Question."
Joe has played on two separate releases from the Derek Woods Band. The band is currently recording in the Spring/Summer of 2023 and will be releasing new music later this Summer/Fall. You can find several music videos from those releases on YouTube, and all of the audio tracks are available on all streaming platforms. Music from these albums has been featured regionally on 102.5 WDVE, 91.3 WYEP, and Rocky 104.9.
Joe plays saxophone and composes music for the group Trio724 which primarily focuses on the genres of jazz, funk, and blues. The trio currently has an EP available along with videos on YouTube. The trio will be recording new music in the summer of 2023 that will be released on all streaming platforms in the fall.
My grandfather. He played saxophone for 40+ years in various music groups in the Lehigh Valley, PA. The thing is, growing up, I had no idea how long he played or all the places he played. It wasn't until college and after his death that I truly discovered his whole story. When I was a child, I just enjoyed making music and being around other musicians, and making friends that were music makers, and I still do! I always felt like I could "fit in" with other musicians and music makers.
Don't worry so much about other people's opinions about you and your playing. Keep working on you and your playing/sound/technique/tone etc... We are all works in progress. It is so easy to listen to other people's opinions. But it is up to us to choose whether those opinions will weigh us down or to take that advice/constructive criticism and grow and rise from that.
The friendships, connections, the wanting-ness to continue to grow as a musician, the places we get to play, the people we get to meet and play music for, the places we get to travel, and so much more. It's been an interesting musical journey, and I can't wait to see what's next!
Cusack Pedal Cracker - I have used this on pretty much every gig since my purchase of it in 2020. It provides my mic phantom power and gives me a dedicated wet/dry that I use the dry for a mute switch.
MXR Carbon Copy - It gives me a chance to create either a slapback effect on the saxophone or wide delays. It doesn't leave my pedalboard. Haha.
Strymon blueSky - Reverb for days, can't go wrong there!
I put the saxophone/guitar/bass back in the case and take a break. Whenever I am in a rut, it's best for me to walk away for a bit and reset myself so that I can come back with a clean focus. So I'll go spend time with my family, go for a walk, do something completely different from music, just to get away and rest and reset. That is what helps me when I am in a musical or creative rut.
I bounce around to a variety of genres and instruments. For tone, approach, and ideas, people like Michael Brecker, Miles Davis, Larry Graham, Kenny Garrett, B.B. King, and John Mayer are just a few people. I grew up learning guitar and bass from bands like Jimmy Eat World, The Early November, Oasis, Reliant K, Jim Croce, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and Frank Turner. I grew up listening to a variety of music and bands/genres. My grandfather would listen to jazz, standards, and blues. My mom listened to rock from the 60s-80s, and my friends listened to 90s alternative and 00s punk rock. So I was/am fortunate to be around a variety of musical genres and styles to help with creative ideas.
With playing the saxophone, I'm all about the tone. Whether it's testing out effect pedals or trying out new reeds. Boring...yes. But that's my bread and butter! :) If it sounds good and I can create an awesome tone, the riffs will fall into place.
My Tenor Saxophone. It is a Selmer Mark VI. What makes this saxophone even more special is that this saxophone belonged to my grandfather, that played for 40+ years before retiring. Although he is physically gone from this world, I feel like when I play that saxophone, he is playing through it with me. I absolutely love that feeling.
Secondly would be my acoustic guitar. I play on a Martin DCPA1, and it was truly a blessing that I was able to purchase that guitar. It's been a workhorse for me since the purchase of it in 2010.
I'm not sure. It may be kind of boring, but I'm looking forward to getting my saxophone overhauled here soon! (Re-padded, springs, adjustments etc...) Otherwise, I've been looking into getting something like an HX Stomp, or a LR Baggs Venue DI, or something along those lines. Always looking into getting new gear. It just never stops. Haha.
I have a clip on Shure Beta mic on my saxophone that runs through an XRL to my Pedal Cracker my Cusack Music. My Pedal Cracker also supplies Phantom Power for the mic. At that point it runs through my effect loop that features different pedals that make their way on and off the board. The effects that never leave the board are delay and reverb such as the MXR Carbon Copy and either Resound from Cusack Music or the Reverb from Strymon, along with a Polytune 3 tuner from TC electronics. They then run out the Pedal Cracker to the mixer.
From Rattlesnake, I use 2 XRL cables along with all of my patch cables that run through the effects loop. I also use their Standard Rattlesnake Cables with my acoustic guitar and bass when playing at church or on any gigs.
During the week, I practice, perform musically, and lead musical worship to various different people and for different purposes. I need a cable that is reliable, durable and will not let me down. Rattlesnake IS that cable. I have been using their cables since 2020 and they are my go to cable whether I am performing with Derek Woods Band, Trio724, leading worship at church, or at rehearsals and jam sessions. Their customer service is top of the line, and Hank responds quickly to questions and orders that I have. What more can you ask for? They're the best!
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