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 worked on his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from 2011-2016 while teaching as a Faculty Associate and Teaching Assistant, also at Arizona State. 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 selected out of to perform and lecture at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference in the field of electro-acoustic music. 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 students have attended graduate music programs: Indiana University, USC, SUNY, Texas Christian University, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona University.

Joe's pursuits in the realm of modern and experimental music 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) and Pape Diouf (Senegal, Sabar Drumming).