Joe Braccio is a respected guitarist, steel drummer and educator in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Initially trained at the Scuola Cresciani di Roma Conservatory in Italy, Joe teaches at Florida’s St. Petersburg College, Eckerd College, Clearwater Christian College, Gibbs High School (Pinellas County Center for the Arts), John Hopkins Middle School Magnet and Perkins Elementary School of the Arts.
He has over 40 years experience with various styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Classical, world music, Top 40, R&B, Blues, Latin and chamber music. He has taught over 7,000 private students, many of whom have won awards and competitions in both the classical, jazz and rock idioms as well as being signed by major music labels including: Virgin Records, Atlantic Records, Sony and MCA.
His background includes courses at Cresciani Guitar School in Rome, Siena master classes (Italy) and private study with Adam Holzman, Frank Mullins (First guitar major at SPJC), Sandy DeVito, Mike Sullivan (Eckerd College) Charlie Byrd, Professore San Felice and Jeff Linsky.
Joe is also a member of the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra and has played in a flute-guitar duo with Barbara Prescott for 30 years. Today he continues a busy and active performing career on both guitar and steel drums with his wife Lori.