Lifetime Achievement Celebration Announced for Renowned Percussionist/Drummer Joe Porcaro

Published : Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 7:53 PM

Joe Porcaro, one of the most recorded percussionist/drummers on the music scene today, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Celebration at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, where he is currently Co-Director of Drum Studies, on January 20, 2018.

The LACM Foundation said the honor is in recognition of the pivotal impact Porcaro has had on developing the Los Angeles Music Academy into the renowned music conservatory it has become.

The night will feature performances by members of Toto, ensembles led by Porcaro, and a silent auction featuring memorabilia and musical instruments donated by prominent recording artists. Proceeds will support the LACM Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting students in need who desire to pursue their studies at the Los Angeles College of Music.

Porcaro, now 87, is originally from Hartford, Connecticut, and has been a Los Angeles resident since 1966. His name is known by most in the music industry, with a legacy that continues to grow with each day.

Porcaro’s musical spectrum ranges from jazz and rock to opera and symphonic. In the jazz field, he has recorded with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, and Don Ellis. He has also made albums with Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, TOTO, and Madonna.

In the operatic and symphonic area, Porcaro has recorded with Luciano Pavarotti, Rise Stevens, Lily Pons, Andre Kostelanitz, Pierre Boulez, and the L.A. Philharmonic and Hartford Symphony Orchestras.

He has also played on many Hollywood film scores with many top composers such as James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, and Steve Porcaro.

As co-director of drum studies at the LA Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, Porcaro is one of the most highly regarded drum and percussion teachers in the world.

The Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) Foundation is sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Celebration for Porcaro on January 20, 2018, from 7 to 10 p.m. at LACM, located at 300 S. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena.

The event opens with a red carpet arrival, cocktails and a silent auction at about 6:45 p.m. Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m.

Porcaro will perform with Toto at about 8 p.m. His three sons – Jeff, Mike, and Steve – founded Toto in 1977 and he himself has appeared on every Toto album, from “Turn Back” to “Kingdom of Desire.”

Winners of the silent auction will be announced during the closing ceremony and celebration at about 9:30 p.m. Ralph Humphrey will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $110 and advanced purchase and RSVP are required.

For more information, call the LACM Foundation, (626) 568-8850 or visit





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