Adam Nurre is a percussionist, bassist, educator, and composer currently living in Austin, Texas. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he got his start performing and teaching in the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, where he resided until 2012. His musical versatility became a useful skill early on, as he played on numerous projects ranging in genre from rock and country to funk and jazz, and all points in between.
Adam is a 2011 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, earning a BM in Music Education with a minor in percussion performance. He was named winner of the first annual NKU Symphonic Winds Solo Competition in spring 2010, and was a two-time recipient of the NKU Corbett Scholarship for the Arts in 2010 and 2011. As a marimba soloist, Adam was invited to perform with the NKU Symphonic Winds at the OMEA convention in January 2011, with the Lakota West HS Wind Ensemble in fall 2011, and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their ‘Young Peoples Concerts’ educational series for the 2010-2011 season.
In 2012, Adam relocated to Austin, Texas, with hopes of furthering his career as a performer and educator. It didn’t take long before he was performing regularly, both locally and on tour with various Austin songwriters and bands. In recent years, Adam has averaged 150+ days on the road annually, traveling to nearly every state in the continental US as well as several Canadian provinces. In the studio, he has lent his percussive skills to albums and singles by David Ramirez, Jeremy Pinnell, Garner Sloan, Rollfast Ramblers, Carson McHone, Jackie Myers, and Rod Melancon, among others. In 2016, Adam was hired by Intel and visual/performance artist Yago de Quay for two performances demonstrating musical/visual applications of new motion-sensing technology for the Intel Keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and at the Intel 360 Conference in Anaheim, California. In 2018 Adam will travel to Europe with Jeremy Pinnell and David Ramirez.
In addition to performing and recording sessions, Adam maintains a studio of private lesson students while also leading after-school programs, clinics, and masterclasses at elementary, middle, and high school campuses. He currently teaches and performs with musical outreach program AllRhythms, and teaches private lessons at Band Aid School of Music in south Austin. His past teaching work includes serving as assistant percussion instructor at Rouse HS/Wiley MS (Leander TX), percussion director at Colerain HS (Cincinnati OH) and assistant percussion instructor at Conner HS (Hebron KY), as well as part-time teaching and consultant work with numerous band programs in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas.
When he is not gigging, touring, or teaching, Adam has also found success as a composer and arranger. He has been hired to write marching band and percussion arrangements for multiple schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Texas, and has also been commissioned to write solo percussion pieces for college recitals, as well as string and wind arrangements for studio sessions. Recently, Adam has taken interest in film and game scoring, and is currently working on expanding his composition portfolio.
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