Glen was born and raised in Bar Harbor, attended MDI High School, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Performance, gaining extensive performing experience in the lively Boston jazz community. During this time he also apprenticed in repair to Emillio “the Sax Doctor” Lyons in Boston, and began his career in instrument repair. After a short time with a “ghost” band on the road, Glen returned to Maine to teach in the public schools, while freelancing as a repair tech. He left teaching to form the school music division of NK Music, and served NK as product manager, school division manger, and repair shop manager for 26 years. He has recently left NK and opened his own business from his home: Second Wind Music, which specializes in “superior repairs.” He has been appointed adjunct instructor of saxophone at U Maine Orono beginning spring 2011 semester and teaches privately at Main St. Music Studios in Bangor, Bay Chamber Community Music School in Rockport, and at his home studio.
A member of the clarinet section in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra for 27 years, Glen also has performed with the Maine Grand Opera Orchestra, Maine Pro Musica, Lincoln Arts Festival Orchestra, Longfellow Chorus, Arcady Festival Orchestra, Colby and Bowdoin College ensembles, the Maine Saxophone Quartet, and numerous ensembles large and small. His jazz credits include the Al Corey Big Band, Pat Michaud Big Band, Fire N’Ice Big Band, Jump City Jazz, has also performed with the Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Northeast Swing, Wayne Bergeron, touring groups such as “Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical”, and leads his own groups for special functions.
Joe started learning the craft of instrument repair in 1976 under the watchful eye of Larry Lancaster a master craftsman with experience spanning over 26 years. Joe’s apprenticeship with Larry, which included all phases of both brass and woodwind repairs, lasted until 1983 when the music company they worked for closed. Joe kept up on his skills working independently on a part time basis until he was approached in 2000 by Northern Kingdom Music to be their full-time tech in Bangor. Joe knew however, at some point in time, he wanted to open his own business. As Northern Kingdom decided to close their doors his goal of opening his own shop was achieved. Bangor Brass & Woodwind Repair was opened and is located on Hammond Street in Bangor.
Joe thoroughly enjoys supporting music in schools and the community.