Maria Joyner is an adjunct professor and teaches instrumental jazz classes and applied percussion at SPSCC. She is a Pacific Northwest based drummer, percussionist and music educator. She is a graduate of the jazz studies program at the University of North Texas where she studied with Ed Soph and performed in the Two O’Clock Band and the Jazz Repertoire Ensemble. While in Dallas she performed regularly with Pete Peterson And The Collection, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the Richardson Symphony under the direction of Anshel Brusilow. In 2004 Maria was chosen to perform with the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate quintet sponsored by IAJE and BET Television in New York City and the Kennedy Center. She served ten years as adjunct faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and has been faculty at SPSCC since 2017.
As an educator Maria is an in demand clinician and guest artist at many festivals in the Pacific Northwest. She performed as a guest artist and mentor on KPLU’s School of Jazz Volumes 6, 7, and 10. While a teacher, Maria was a recipient of a VH1 Save The Music Foundation grant and earned the distinction of a Yamaha sponsored classroom music educator. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Master’s in Percussion Performance from the University of Washington. Her original compositions and arrangements have been featured in performance at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and on KPLU’s Jazz Northwest.
In addition to directing the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Maria has appeared regularly with the Northwest Wind Symphony, the Jim Cutler Big Band and the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra along with leading groups under her own name. She also stays busy as a multi-instrumentalist playing piano in the South Sound Swing Orchestra, Bevy, a seven-piece Latin jazz band, and playing bass in the Thomas Miller Ceilidh Band. Her recording credits include Patrick Storedahl, May Palmer, KPLU School of Jazz, the University of North Texas Two O’Clock Band, Mike Lengel, Jean Elizabeth, and Bones Northwest.