Joel is an active saxophone player and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. After completing high school he attended the McNally Smith Conservatory of music in the Twin Cities and studied with Pete Whitman. There he earned an Applied Associates degree in music performance, as well as an Artists Diploma. He spent some time after that performing and studying in Kansas City. Joel later attended the University Of South Dakota where he received his bachelors degree in education, and studied with Dr. CJ Kocher. Mr. Shotwell spent 5 years teaching high school band in Beresford South Dakota, and two years teaching at Harrisburg North Middle School. Now he spends his time playing music as well as teaching privately from his home. Joel has had the pleasure of performing with Wayne Newton, Les Browns Band of Renown, Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones, The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and many others. He also performs regularly with The Dakota Jazz Collective, Main Avenue Warehouse, The Jazz Diversity Project, The Icarus Factor, The JAS Quintet and many other groups in the area..