Adam Dean Drums
Born in Overland Park, KS, Adam began playing drums and percussion at the age of 12, studying with Keith Larson. In addition to playing in the top performance ensembles in high school, he was one of five percussionists accepted into the Kansas City Youth Symphony from 1996-1998. One of his highlights with the ensemble was performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City; before the age of 18! In 1998 (his senior year in high school), Adam was selected as “Kansas All-State Timpanist” for the KMEA All-State Orchestra to perform at the close of the ’98 KMEA Festival in Wichita, KS.
In 2003, Adam graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. While at Washburn, he studied with Dr. Tom Morgan, Dr. Kirt Saville, Dr. Luis Millán, Todd Wilkinson, Chuck Tumlinson, and the late Frank Mantooth. He also found time to study with drummers such as Todd Strait, Matt Wilson, John Riley, and Tim Jepson, timpanist of the Kansas City Symphony. In 2008, Adam accepted the position of General Music teacher at Munson Primary in the Mulvane School District; a position he still holds today. In 2014, he graduated from Wichita State University with a Master’s in Elementary Music Education. Throughout the 2010s, Adam has played with local bands including Big Fat Fun, 90 Proof Project, and helping out with the Youth Program of the Wichita Blues Society. He also records and releases his own music when his schedule allows.
Adam is excited to be a part of the great staff of Air House Music Academy! For a more in-depth bio, as well as how to hear his music, please visit http://adamdeanmusic.com