Born, raised, and proudly residing in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Joel is well-known and respected as a versatile, road-schooled drummer who has performed and recorded with or worked alongside countless acts over his 42-plus years as a musician. As comfortable playing blues or R&B/soul as he is playing jazz or reggae, Joel's musical reputation is that of being a drummer of finesse and understated creativity, with an innate ability to improvise, a tasteful approach, and an affable, humble persona.

Taking up the drums at the age of 12, and primarily self-taught, Joel lovingly credits his late mother's steadfast support and inexplicable enjoyment of all that racket in the basement for what would become his life's passion. Fast-forward, and he has since relished a veritable plethora of memorable musical encounters with the likes of Bo Diddley, Levon Helm, Grammy Nominee Melissa Reaves, Davy Jones, Tino Gonzalez, The Spiral Starecase, and many other well-known acts and musicians. Regionally, he is known for being a member of past acts Rubber Soul & The Helter Skelter Horns, Bluezilla, Blow Dog & The Maple Men, and perhaps his most prolific band, The Blind Chitlin Kahunas ... with whom he recorded their acclaimed, singular album This Old Guitar.

Currently, Joel performs with multi-instrumentalist & singer/songwriter Doug McMinn in The Doug McMinn Blues Band, The Denicats, and their highly popular "jam" band Lumpy Gravy, as well as occasionally performing with guitarist Gabe Stillman.  Joel is also one of the 'first-call' drummers in the area for both recording work and fill-ins.


A 1980 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, Joel later earned his B.A. Degree in Philosophy at Lycoming College, and has since enjoyed a long and successful history in small business management, marketing, and web & graphic design when he's not drumming away. He has also been a long-time community advocate, having notably built and maintained websites dedicated to promoting his hometown region's vibrant and flourishing cultural scene. In the past, he has served as Vice President of the Williamsport Business Association, as well as working closely (as a board member or consultant) with the Lycoming Arts Alliance, Williamsport Chamber Choir & Orchestra, Billtown Blues Association, Scottish Rite Complex Revitalization Board, Uptown Music Collective, and others.

He continues to offer his skills and experience as a free-lance web designer, graphic artist, and marketing and social media consultant.

In his downtime, Joel's enjoyments include working around his house & yard, watching movies (an admitted movie-holic), relaxing on his deck or screen porch amongst a beloved menagerie of outdoor critters (he probably spends more on feeding them than himself), craft beer, catching local live music, taking in the great outdoors, and being a silly person ... whether out with friends or goofing around on social media. His online escapades with creating memes, satirical graphics, and themed posts have earned him quite a Facebook following, particularly for his odes to 'Hump Day' with spoof magazine Humping Weekly covers.

Joel B Vincent  ©  1962 by Patricia Vincent
Miss you every, single day, Mom