In 2007, Joe received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southern Oregon University. In 2011 he received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts coursework from 2011-2016 while teaching as a Faculty Associate and Teaching Assistant, also at Arizona State. He taught a vast array of courses ranging in music education, music therapy, music performance, music theory, ethnomusicology, humanities, and sound design.

In 2010, he was selected to be a guest soloist for the Phoenix Symphony and has performed professionally in 13 state & 4 countries. In 2014 Joe was selected as one of 5 experts from around the globe to judge entries into the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference in the field of Electronic Music Performance. In 2015, Joe was honored to be selected to perform and give a lecture at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Music Conference on the electro-acoustic masterpiece Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich.

As an arranger and instructor, his musical ensembles have been selected to perform for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Parade (2009) the Oregon Educator’s Association (2007), Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade (2008). Mr. Perez’s private percussion students have attended graduate music programs: Indiana University, USC, SUNY, Texas Christian University, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona University.

As an advocate of modern and experimental music, Joe's endeavors and expertise have led to several rewarding collaborations with composers: Michael Gordon, Mark Applebaum, Matthew Burtner, Ivan Trevino, Roshanne Etezady, Samuel Andreyev, & Casey Farina, among others.

Joe has studied music of various cultures with notable ethnomusicologists: Ryan Camara (West Guinea), Dr. Terry Longshore (Karnatic Indian, Mediterranean, Spanish), Dr. Sonja Branch (Guinea), Dr. Mark Sunkett (Guinea & Senegal), Pape Diouf (Senegal, Sabar Drumming), and Dom Moio (Latin Percussion Styles).