Joseph A. Willes graduated from Pocatello High School. He earned his BA from Idaho State University and his MA from Brigham Young University in 1962. He taught in Filer (3 years), Marsh Valley (5 years), Alameda Jr. High (1 year), and highland High School (12 years). He was Pocatello School District’s Music Coordinator from 1978-1989.
Joe has been a career long member of IMEA/MENC. He served as President of IMEA from 1978-1980. In 1971 he was organizing chairman for the All-Northwest Orchestra. He has been a member and still continues as the director of the Pocatello Municipal Band since 1949. He and his wife, Isobel have three children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.