Joel is an active freelance artist, saxophone player, and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. As an artist, he regularly composes, arranges, and performs with many groups in the region, as well as groups of his own creation. He has produced multiple albums under his own name as well as bands he is involved with. As an educator, he has a large private studio, and teaches at various camps and clinics bands around the area. He performs regularly with The JAS Quintet, The Hegg Brothers, The Jazz Diversity Project, The Jazz Curators, Habeas Porpoise, Jami Lynn, Holiday Jam, and many other groups in the area. Shotwell also enjoys golfing, camping, fishing, board games, and time with his family.