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Department of Music

Joseph Stites

Joseph Stites

  • Email: joe.stites@wku.edu
  • Office: FAC 335
  • Phone Number: (270) 745-4388
  • Brass and Percussion Tuba and Euphonium


Joe Stites teaches tuba/euphonium studio and music education classes at WKU. He performs as tubist with the WKU Faculty Brass Quintet, is principal tubist with Orchestra Kentucky and directs the WKU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.  His primary teachers include Kent Campbell, Daniel Perantoni, and Mark Moore.  A native of Hopkinsville, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Kentucky University, a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His previous teaching positions include nine years directing high school bands in Kentucky and Georgia and eight years as Associate Director of Bands and the Director of the Big Red Marching Band at WKU.

Stites has been active in the Kentucky Music Educators Association serving in a variety of positions including Festival Manager, Marching Band Committee chair, and Co-manager/Host of the KMEA State Marching Band Championships.  He currently serves as the Vice President/Immediate Past-President of KMEA.  He has served as an adjudicator and clinician for marching bands, solo and ensemble festivals, concert bands, and orchestras in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama His professional and honorary memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), the and Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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WKU Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1948.


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