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Adam Benham


Genre: Experimental / Jazz / R&B

Hometown: Spokane, Wa / Ridgewood, NY

Links:
www.myspace.com/adambenhammusic


About Adam Benham:

Adam Benham is one of the many up and coming musicians on the New York scene. Born in Spokane, WA, by age 5 Adam was studying orchestral percussion under his father, Garth, who was a student of the world renowned, Anthony Cirone. By age 15, Adam began to study under nationally acclaimed tympanist and educator, Martin Zyskowski and under local drumset pro, Rick Westrick. He was recruited into the Air Force Band of the Northwest in his junior year of high-school and went on to win numerous awards including All-State Tympanist, All-State Band, John Phillip Sousa Award, and Lionel Hampton Soloist Award.

After attending Eastern Washington University (under M. Zyskowski) for one year, Adam felt a larger pull towards perfecting his craft on the drumset. He took a year off and worked full time in the Air Force in the 92d Logistics Readiness Squadron at Fairchild AFB. This allowed him to save money and study with drum legend Alan Jones in Portland. After a year, Adam was ready to pursue a career in NYC. He auditioned and was accepted to the New School University Conservatory for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Currently, Adam is finishing his senior year at NSU and works around town at a variety of venues. After only being in NYC for less than 2 years, Adam has already played with jazz greats such as Victor Goines, Frank Wess and Gary Smulyan. He tours with the Air Force Band of the Northeast in Boston and is currently studying under the great Billy Hart. Adam has also had the privilege of working with such great drummers as Bill Stewart, Greg Hutchinson, Jon Wikan, and Ari Hoenig.




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