In demand as both performer and educator, Joe McCarthy's versatility has taken him from Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, to Afro Cuban, Bebop, and beyond.
Joe McCarthy is the leader/founder of Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro Cuban Jazz Septet, based in the Washington DC area. ABA has just released their second CD "Camino Nuevo", on Mambo Maniacs/Laurel Hill Records.
Joe McCarthy has also performed and or recorded with Poncho Sanchez, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill, Michael Mossman, Ray Vega, Jimmy Bruno, Michael Formanek, Mitch Seidman, and Bill Warfield.
Joe McCarthy is the drummer for the United States Naval Academy Band's Jazz Ensemble, The Next Wave, and Principal Percussionist of the USNA Band's Wind Ensemble.
Active in education, Joe McCarthy is an Adjunct Professor and instructor of drumset and Afro-Cuban percussion at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Prior to GU, Joe McCarthy was an Associate Professor of Percussion, Theory and Aural Skills at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth Texas, and has done clinics throughout the US.