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 Snow, Adam   Name:  Adam Snow 
Title:  Adjunct Professor of Music 

D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.M., Percussion Performance, Winthrop University
B.M.E., Winthrop University


Office:  221 Conservatory of Music  
Phone:  803/323-2255 or 803-517-4994 
Web:  Adam Snow website  
Applied Percussion, Drum Set, Percussion Methods, and Percussion Literature


Dr. Adam Snow is a Charlotte, NC based drummer/percussionist who regularly performs across the East Coast with a variety of artists and ensembles. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Music at Davidson College since 2004 and Winthrop University since 2005. He is also a faculty member with Jazz Arts Initiative, a non-profit organization that works with middle and high school students in the Charlotte metro area.

Modern Drummer magazine claims that, “Snow has the right touch for all of the grooves, whether evoking the spirit of Hendrix, Miles, or The Meters.” Over the years, he has had the opportunity to perform with jazz masters such as Cyrus Chestnut and Russell Malone, New Orleans funk legend George Porter Jr. of The Meters, South African Kora Master Pops Mohamed, West African Djembéfola Mohamed Da Costa, Shona Mbira visionary Chartwell Dutiro of Thomas Mapfumo's Blacks Unlimited, Afro-Cuban percussion virtuosos Jesus Diaz and Michael Spiro, and the late Clarence "Big Man" Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

From 2002 to 2008, Snow toured the United States with the modern jazz trio called Green Light. The band’s four albums were met with critical acclaim and during his tenure with Green Light, Snow shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock, and Melvin Seals, among others.

In 2013, Adam began touring with the New York City based band Matuto. The self-proclaimed “pioneers of Brazilian Bluegrass” blend elements of forró from the Northeast of Brazil with Americana, Old Time, and Bluegrass. Jazz Times magazine calls them “weird, wonderful, unorthodox, and delightful” and The Chicago Sun Times puts them at “the heights of world music sophistication.” Through the U.S. State Department’s American Musicians Abroad (AMA) program, Matuto has travelled the globe as ambassadors for American culture and Adam has had the opportunity to travel and perform with Matuto in the United Kingdom, and from coast to coast, in Canada and the United States.

Adam received a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree from Winthrop University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Snow endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

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