A consortium of 21 institutions/professors led by the University of Central Arkansas has commissioned Joseph T. Spaniola to compose a Trombone Ensemble piece for presentation at the 2018 International Trombone Festival. The consortium is comprised of institutions from across the United State including the University of North Texas, University of Georgia, Oklahoma State University, University of Arizona, St. Louis Brass Collective to name a few. The University of Central Arkansas Trombone Ensemble will perform the premier of PASSAGE: Sempre Avantiat the festival in July 2018.  For more details regarding the International Trombone Festival visit https://trombonefestival.net/.

On December 21, 2017, Joseph T. Spaniola’s newly published music composition, WORLD OF WONDER was presented by the Riverwatch Middle School Band (Suwannee, Georgia), and December 22, his JUBILATION GARDEN was presented by the Bands of the Air National Guard at the Midwest Clinic (Chicago, IL), an International Band and Orchestra Conference. The Midwest Clinic is one of the world’s largest Band and Orchestra conferences.

Joseph T. Spaniola’s composition, UPLIFTED: Answering the Call (Wind Ensemble), was premiered by the US Air Force Band of Mid-America (Scott AFB, IL) during their six-city concert tour of Michigan. The tour started in Port Huron, Michigan on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The band commissioned this work from Dr. Spaniola in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of The US Air Force and to honor the Air Mobility Command which is headquartered at Scott Air Force Base.