Adam Cowger


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Adam Cowger is currently an adjunct professor of music at Joliet Junior College where he directs the percussion ensemble and teaches applied percussion. Additionally, Adam teaches courses in music history at Moraine Valley Community College and applied percussion at Lockport Township High School.

The percussion program at JJC focuses on developing well-rounded percussionists in the areas of concert, jazz and world music. In addition to contemporary and classic literature, the percussion ensemble regularly performs Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban folkloric styles.

As a freelance artist, Adam recently formed the Screaming Norwegians percussion duo with fellow percussion educator/performer Ben Wahlund. He also performs regularly with the tribute band The Chicago Experience and numerous professional orchestras in the Chicagoland area. In addition, Adam has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, twice at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and can be heard on Liam Teague and Robert Chappell’s recent album Open Window.

Adam holds a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, both in percussion performance. His principal teacher’s include Michael Blake, Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Greg Beyer, and Rodrigo Villanueva. Adam is proud to endorse Innovataive Percussion sticks and mallets and Tycoon Percussion instruments.