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Joey was drumming at the age of three, owning his first set of drums at the age of eight. At nine, he was chosen for the boy's chorus of The Los Angeles Master Chorale where he performed with The Deutsche Oper Berlin Company's production of Tosca and Die Tote Stadt, featuring Plácido Domingo. That same year, he performed in the boy's chorus of La Boheme at UCLA's Royce Hall. At the age of 11, he studied piano under the tutelage of Herb Donaldson. He began his serious approach to drumming under the instruction of veteran drummer, Michael Barsimanto (Mark Isham, Jean Luc Ponty, Ivan Neville, Billy Preston). Joey began composition studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning his Bachelor of Music degree. He returned to his hometown of Los Angeles where he began his career working in television with Emmy®-winning composer W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, co-composing the final seasons of Once and Again, starring Sela Ward, and Providence, starring Melina Kanakaredes. Joey also provided orchestrations for Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing as well as a number of other primetime dramas and sitcoms.
On his own, Joey has composed the music to features, network/cable television series, and video games. As a conductor and orchestrator, Joey has worked across the media spectrum including conducting alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and John Williams. From 2001–2006, Joey composed the orchestral score to NCsoft's Lineage, one of the biggest online role-playing games in history. In 2003, Joey began a fruitful collaboration with his cousin Randy, providing orchestrations for Universal's Seabiscuit and later Disney/Pixar's Cars. He also conducted the music to the Disney California Adventure Park ride Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! which his cousin, Randy, originally scored. For six seasons, Joey composed the score to the everyday life of the Roloff family in TLC's hit docu-series, Little People, Big World, including the Grand Canyon episode in season 3 which earned him a 2008 Emmy nomination. Currently in its fourth season, Joey's music can be heard on the ABC comedy The Middle starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn. For the award-winning feature Any Day Now, Joey composed the score and provided a string arrangement for Rufus Wainwright's original song "Metaphorical Blanket".