Alan Joseph, 62, from a heart attack on Dec. 20 in Colorado Springs. Originally from Detroit, he moved to Colorado Springs in the late 1970’s and quickly carved a name for himself in the music community. He founded the guitar studio in the music program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and taught guitar as an adjunct faculty member.
He was also a guitar instructor in the Jazz Studies Department at the Lamont School of Music in Denver. He led his own band, performed with Bernadette Peters, Diahann Carroll, The 5th Dimension, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and gave generously of his time mentoring aspiring musicians.