Joel Cohen, Assistant PrincipalPercussion

Joel Cohen



Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:


Where did you study?


What do you love most about your instrument? 

I love the endless variety of percussion instruments, as well as the range of different sound "colors"

What would you be if you were not a musician? 

Tour guide

Can you share any memorable stories about your experience with the Grant Park Music Festival? 

A concert during a thunderstorm. With lightning flashing above, the loyal Grant Park audience refused to leave!

What’s on your playlist at the moment? 

I am so old school, I don't have a playlist. 


Searching for Chicago's architectural gems.