Joe is a musical theatre percussionist/actor who graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Orchestral Percussion Performance in 2010. An Atlanta native, currently residing in New York, his first Buddy production was playing drummer Jerry Allison at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ, in the summer of 2009. The show was a huge success, becoming the best selling production the 62-year-old theatre had ever produced.
Joe as Jerry Allison, behind the drums during the Apollo scene
Joe finished a two-and-a-half month run of the 90-minute version of Buddy at the Eldorado Hotel & Casino in Reno, NV, in the spring of 2011, followed by six weeks in the summer/fall at Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA. In 2012, Joe starred once again as Jerry Allison at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, FL, and then at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, ME. Joe had the privilege of spending the summer of 2013 on the road with the 25th Anniversary Equity North American Tour of Buddy. Major tour highlights included the Ordway Theater in St. Paul MN, the Cadillac Theater in Chicago IL, the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA, and the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh PA.
Joe (centre) seen here with the Crickets on the 2013 North American Tour
The Crickets: Joe (centre) as Jerry, along with Bill Morey as Joe B. Mauldin and Todd Meredith as Buddy Holly at the Surflight Theatre
Joe is also a member of the Buddy Holly tribute band 'The Rave Ons' based in New York City. This group consists of Joe Cosmo Cogen on drums, Bill Morey on upright/electric bass, Jeremy Renner on lead guitar, and Todd Meredith as Buddy Holly (lead vocals/guitar). When Joe isnʼt on stage rocking out to some classic ʻ50s rock & roll, he is working as a pit musician for various theaters across the country.
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Joe rockin' out to 'Not Fade Away' during the Apollo concert at the Allenberry Playhouse production of Buddy (above)