Faculty photo: Adam Rhan

Adam Rhan

Percussion Director, New Hampshire Youth Jazz Ensemble

Adam Rhan developed his unique sound and teaching style from a young age. Having studied with top performers like Peter Erskine, Dave DiCenso, Benjamin Toth and others, Adam has a well-rounded knowledge and ability to teach any playing style. Adam has had the privilege of performing all over the world including Beijing, China, The Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, Interlochen Arts Academy, Chosen Vale Academy, Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Parade, and more.

Adam refined his leadership skills early in his career by working diligently through high school and college. He led the Londonderry Marching Lancer Drumline during the Rose Bowl Parade of 2011 and placed second in New Hampshire for Jazz All State in 2011. Adam received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Keene State College under the direction of Christopher Swist, Amy Garapic, and Murray Mast. During this time, Adam developed his classical percussion techniques, drum set performance, and compositional skills. While at Keene, Adam had the opportunity to coach, conduct, and premiere multiple percussion ensemble pieces and was awarded “Musician of the Year” in 2016.

After graduating from Keene State College, Adam was accepted into the Hartt School of Music’s Graduate Percussion Program. Under the direction of Benjamin Toth, Adam was awarded their Talent Scholarship and a paid Teaching Assistant contract. During this two-year period, Adam developed a deeper understanding of teaching and performance practices in percussion. He continued to mature his playing in Classical, Steel Pan, Middle Eastern, West African, and Jazz drumming.

Today, Adam teaches privately from his home in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Interlude Music in Maynard, Massachusetts, and Bedford High School in Bedford, New Hampshire. He continues to refine his playing abilities and teaching techniques all with an emphasis on having fun.