About Josh Gottry

joshheadshotJosh Gottry (b. 1974) earned a BM in Percussion Performance at Northern Arizona University and a MM in Composition at Arizona State University and has successfully established himself as a highly regarded percussion instructor and performer and as an internationally recognized composer.

Mr. Gottry currently serves as adjunct music faculty for Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Grand Canyon University teaching courses in percussion, music theory and composition, and music humanities. Additionally, he works with percussion ensembles and private percussion students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private lesson studio. His private students consistently earn the highest ratings state solo & ensemble festivals, place in All-Region and All-State Ensembles, and several have earned scholarships to percussion and composition programs at nationally recognized university schools of music. Mr. Gottry's performance record spans over 25 years with experience including professional orchestras, musical theater, community and chamber ensembles, as well as solo performances and recitals. In 2011, he was selected to serve as a teaching artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, presenting clinics and residencies on percussion and composition for schools and after-school programs.

Mr. Gottry's first composition for solo marimba earned him an ASCAP Young Composer Competition grant in 1995. Since that time, he has been selected for numerous ASCAP Plus awards and has created over fifty published works. Having come to composition through his musical pursuits as a percussionist, he is uniquely able to create works for percussion that are engaging, pedagogical, and brilliantly creative. His compositions have been performed throughout the world at schools, festivals, and international conventions.

Josh Gottry is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, has been published in Percussive Notes, Rhythm!Scene, and The PAS Educators' Companion, and currently serves as editor for Rhythm!Scene. He is also a past president of the Arizona Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, a former PAS committee chair for the PAS Composition Committee, and contributed several years as a new literature reviewer for Percussive Notes. Mr. Gottry is a clinician/endorser for Meinl Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Yamaha Percussion, and has presented clinics at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference, Arizona PAS Day of Percussion, New Mexico PAS Day of Percussion, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.


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