Joseph Caploe

Lecturer, Music Technology, Jazz Studies, Music

Joseph Caploe



Before relocating to San Antonio in 2010 Joe Caploe was Director of Percussion & Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Before working in Wisconsin he spent four years in Nashville, TN and was on the scene as a player, educator and session musicians. Caploe is now on the faculty at UTSA in the Music Tech area and teaches percussion at UIW and Alamo Colleges. The last two summers he accompanied students to the International Association of Schools of Jazz International Conference, in Sienna, Italy 2017 and Viljandi, Estonia 2018.

He has appeared at major music festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Concord Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Festival in 2015, San Jose Jazz Festival. He played the main stage at the 2018 Jazz Alive Festival with Zarabande and can be heard playing with many local San Antonio Artists including Ulterior Motive, Zarabande, Hot Sauce, Ken Slavin and many others. He is founder of Dream It Music a music label with all original compositions. Visit for more information.


  • MFA in World Music, Percussion & Jazz, California Institute of the Arts (1985)


Rhythm Rudiments published by Really Good Music (Method Book)

La Paz published by Really Good Music(vibes solo)

Shepards Song published by Really Good Music (vibes solo)

Seven Bridges published by Really Good Music (percussion ensemble)