Soloist Joe Lizama
In 1976 the Percussive Arts Society awarded Joe Lizama First Place Orchestral Snare Drum, First Place Keyboard Mallets and Second Place Timpani in the Eight Western States Division II competition. In the same year, Mr. Lizama became the principal percussionist of the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. He received his Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance at California State University, Fresno in 1979 and returned in 2002 to teach the History of Jazz and Rock. Mr. Lizama has performed with numerous well-known artists such as John Williams, Henry Mancini, Kenny G and Natalie Cole. Mr. Lizama has been the drummer for singer Johnny Mathis, with whom he has performed throughout the United States and abroad in concert, on TV, on radio and on recordings, from 1981 until the present. Joe teaches percussion at Fresno City College and is in demand locally as a clinician and soloist. Mr. Lizama is also one of the instructors for the children’s percussion group, We Got The Beat. Mr. Lizama serves on the Board of Directors for the Fresno Community Concert Band, the California Music Educators Association, the California Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is the president of JazzFresno. When not on tour, Mr. Lizama resides in Clovis, CA.