photo: John Perkins

Dr. Joseph T. Spaniola is a composer on a passionate quest to engage the hearts and minds of audiences and performers through the communicative powers of music.

Spaniola is active as a composer, arranger, educator, conductor, lecturer, producer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has composed works for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voice, choir, and electronic tape. His works have received honors from National Band Association, The American Prize, Global Music Awards, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Dallas Wind Symphony, and others. His compositions have been performed and recorded by ensembles in North America, Europe, Japan, South America, Israel, China, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore.

He has worked on projects for a wide variety of artists, ensembles, and institutions across the United States, Europe, and Japan including Reneé Fleming, Sammy Nestico, Frank Sinatra, Rick Nielsen (of Cheap Trick), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, the Boston Brass, the Eastern Wind Symphony, the White House Historical Association, Buick, Chrysler, and others. His works have been premiered or presented at conferences and festivals hosted by the College Music Society, American Bandmasters Association, International Trombone Association, International Clarinet Association, International Double Reed Society, The Midwest Clinic, the Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and others.

Spaniola is Professor of Music, and the Director of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at the University of West Florida. Prior to joining UWF, he was the Chief Composer/Arranger for The U.S. Air Force Academy Band. Works by the composer are available through Musica Propria, Kagarice Brass Editions, Tuba Euphonium Press, and Joseph T. Spaniola Music. He studied music at the University of North Texas, Michigan State University, and Boston University.


Dashing Vol. 2

Release Date: November 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6374
21st Century
Navona Records presents DASHING VOL. 2, a festive assortment of new classical and jazz arrangements and compositions inspired by staples of the holiday season. Unwrap this gift from Sarah Wallin Huff, Joseph Turrin, Kristina Marinova, Jordan VanHemert, David W. Solomons, Elizabeth J. Start, Alan Rinehart, and Joseph T. Spaniola to find a variety of new works and familiar favorites. All of the traditional holiday sounds are featured in this album, embellished with distinguished compositional twists that complement seasonal standards. Experience the holidays in a refreshing way with reharmonizations of Silent Night, Carol Of The Bells for solo guitar, a jazz arrangement of Christmas Time is Here, and more.

Woven in Time

Release Date: October 22, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6369
21st Century
An eclectic collection of cultural themes, WOVEN IN TIME is grounded in connections made through distant timestamps. Each piece weaves culture and ideas of the past with a modern approach to composition, revitalizing and repurposing the popular culture and literature of yesterday into contemporary music for our enjoyment today.

Pinnacle Vol. 2

Release Date: September 24, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6368
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
String Quartet
Navona Records presents PINNACLE VOL. 2, a collection of contemporary chamber works by composers John A. Carollo, Edmund Cionek, Sarah Wallin Huff, Santiago Kodela, Adnan Marafi, Amintas Silva, Joseph T. Spaniola, and Kong-Yu Wong, that highlight the melodic, emotive, and dramatic styles offered by today’s chamber music. Throughout the album, the composers explore the cyclicity of life and nature.