Faculty Profile

Dan Adams

Dan Adams

Adjunct Director of Percussion Studies and Percussion Ensemble

Email: danadams@spu.edu
Office: Beegle 101

Education: MM, University of Washington

Dan Adams, the director of Percussion Ensemble, has been director of percussion studies at Seattle Pacific since 1988. Mr. Adams earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Idaho and a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington. His principal teachers have been Howard Robbins, Joe Morello, Peter Erskine, Babatunde Olatunji, Adebisi Adeleke, Tom Collier, and Jim Chapin.

Mr. Adams has more than 40 years' experience as a private percussion instructor. He has served as the district music supervisor for the Rainier School District and, since 1978, he has been a special percussion consultant to the Olympia School District.

Mr. Adams has performed with the Ashi Opera of Japan, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Allegro Dance Series, Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus, Orchestra Seattle, Olympic Brass Ensemble, Seattle Pro Musica, Choir of the Sound, and the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. His musical theater credits include the Civic Light Opera, Tacoma Actors Guild, Chinook Dinner Theater, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Village Theatre, the Renton Civic Theater, and the Bagley Wright Theater. He has shared the stage with artists such as Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Delbert McClinton, Albert Collins, Hal Ketchum, Chaka Khan, and Etta James. His recording credits include Messenger, the Soni Ventorum, the Diamonds, Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, Primo Kim, the Mazeltones, Gene Nygaard, Lucky Garcia, Greg Adams of Tower of Power, Forrest Lee Jr., contemporary artist VEO, and Orchestra Seattle.

Personal Links

 Mr. Adams' website

Dan Adams

The Drums of War

Percussion Ensemble Director Dan Adams owns six authentic Civil War drums, half ceremonial, half showing the scars of battle. Read more.