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March 4, 2016

Northwest to host percussion recital featuring guest artist

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Northwest Missouri State University will host a guest percussion recital featuring Dr. Adam Groh, assistant professor of percussion at Graceland University.

The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Free and open to the public, the recital is sponsored by Pearl Drums and Innovative Percussion.

Groh will perform with four members of the Northwest Percussion Ensemble – Jake Adamek, a freshman instrumental music education major from Platte City, Missouri; Josh Dillman, a freshman instrumental music education major from Kansas City, Missouri; Jake Jennings, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Camden, Missouri; and Travis Yager, a graduate student from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is studying music education.

Groh, a St. Louis native, oversees all aspects of the percussion program at Graceland, serves as chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, and holds the Dwight and Ruth Vredenburg Endowed Chair in Music. He is an ardent supporter of new solo and chamber music for percussion and has commissioned and premiered works by several composers.

He has performed with numerous music groups as an active chamber musician, including So Percussion, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Austin Chamber Music Center, and the Denkyem Percussion Group, as well as six symphony orchestras.

Groh’s credentials as an educator are extensive. He has presented clinics at events such as the Midwest Clinic, the Texas and Iowa Music Educators Association Conventions, and Days of Percussion. His articles have been published in journals such as “Percussive Notes” and “Rhythm! Scene.” He authors the percussion blog “The State of Our Art” and serves as a weekly contributing editor to “DrumChattr,” an online resource for percussionists.

Groh received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in percussion performance at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master’s degree in percussion performance from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Truman State University.

For more information about the recital, contact Dr. Kathryn Strickland, assistant professor of percussion and music education and director of athletic bands at Northwest, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468