Dirkjan van Groningen
I’m a professional drummer, percussionist, educator, arranger and composer from Zwolle, The Netherlands. I’m born in 1971 in Kampen and I got my first private percussion lessons when I was 8 years old at a local community band called AMDG. During high school I performed with several Dutch (marching) bands, drum corps, percussion ensembles and orchestras. In 1993 I joined Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corps from Canada to march DCI and age out in the same year. After that I started studying percussion at the Artez Conservatory in Zwolle. In 1998 I received my degree in classical percussion and one year later I graduated in jazz and pop music.
At this point I’m teaching drums and percussion at Quintus Kampen. and I’m active as a drummer/percussionist in different bands and occasional ensembles. To share my knowledge in the field of mallet technique and rudimental drumming I’ve been active a guest teacher in among others Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland in recent years.
I’m the creative director of the European publishing company Show & Marching Music for which Band Music Center is providing US distribution. I’m active as a writer for (marching) band and percussion ensemble and recently two of my percussion ensemble piece were added to the Texas Prescribed Music List. I’m the author of a percussion method called snare drum basics and I’m endorsed by Roland Central Europe, Salyers Percussion, Evans Drumheads and Soultone Cymbals.