Dirkjan van Groningen
Dirkjan is a professional drummer, percussionist, educator, arranger and composer from en Zwolle, The Netherlands. He was born in Kampen in 1971 and was exposed to percussion when he was about 8 years old at the local band A.M.D.G. During high school he played in several well known Dutch show bands, drum corps percussion ensembles and orchestras. In 1993 he joined Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corps from Canada to compete in the American Drum & Bugle Corps competition. In the same year he started studying at the Artez Conservatory in Zwolle where he studied percussion with Peter Prommel, Jan Wissink and Peter Berk. In 1998 he earned his degree in Classical Percussion. One year later he also graduated in Jazz and Pop Music.
Dirkjan is teaching drums and percussion at Quintus Kampen. As a drummer he is active in different bands and occasional ensembles. To share his knowless in the field of mallet technique and rudimental drumming he's frequently asked for clinics in The Netherlands and abroad. In recent years he has been teaching guest lessons in among others: Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland.
He's the creative director of Show & Marching Music, for which Band Music Center is providing US distribution. He's writing music for marching bands, concert bands and percussion ensembles. Dirkjan is the author of the populair Snare Drum Basics method books and is sponsored by Roland Central Europe, Majestic Percussion Instruments, Salyers Percussion, Evans Drumheads and Soultone Cymbals.