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Adam Hopper

HMP Compositions

  • ISLAND MARKET – A marimba quartet for high school players. Educational Series

  • STONE’S THROW – A marimba quartet commissioned by the HMQuartet Education Project 2017-18.


Adam Hopper (b.1985) is an active percussion educator, composer, and performer in southern Kentucky. He is currently the director of percussion at Southwestern High School, and the co-director of bands at Southern Middle School in Somerset, Kentucky.

Mr. Hopper is involved in many aspects of the percussion landscape. He is an active composer and arranger, having written for and taught various groups at the middle, high school and university levels in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio.

In 2006 he performed with the W.G.I. open finalist group, East 80 Percussion. In 2007, he was a performer with Speed Percussion, and he served on staff at Speed as co-director of the front ensemble for the 2008 season. He also taught the Tri-State scholastic AA Bronze medalist Southwestern High School Indoor Drumline in 2013. An active performer and clinician, Mr. Hopper has recently performed with Sacred Winds, The Orquesta Sinfonica Cristiana de El Salvador, Christine Anderson, The Almeida Duo, The Country Gentlemen Jazz Band, and serves as the principal percussionist in the Somerset Brass. Mr. Hopper has presented clinics at a variety of schools and universities in the United States, El Salvador, and Brazil. In addition to an active performing schedule, Mr. Hopper has also served as contributing writer for totalpercussionist.com and had published articles in the Bluegrass Music News. Mr. Hopper’s compositions are published through C. Alan Publications.

After taking the position at Southwestern High School in 2009, Mr. Hopper’s groups have consistently earned proficient and distinguished ratings at festivals and competitions across the state and region. Mr. Hopper directs the award winning Southwestern Drumline, Warrior Percussion Group, and the Warrior Batucada Brazilian Ensemble, as well as overseeing the marching and symphonic percussion sections. Mr. Hopper’s groups have performed with touring productions of “The Music Man,” the Campbellsville University Steel Band, the Elk Grove Percussion Festival in Chicago, Illinois, The Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, the Lassiter Percussion Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, the KASA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and in a variety of other performances around the region.

Mr. Hopper holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education as well as a Master’s in Percussion Performance from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. He has professional affiliations with the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Hopper is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, as well as Beetle practice pads. He currently resides in Somerset, Kentucky with his wife Sarah and their cats Bossa and Thelonious.