Adam Riley earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from James Madison University where he studied under Bill Rice, Michael Overman, Marlon Foster, Steve Bolstad, John Hilliard, Jason Haney, Eric Guinivan, Robert McCashin and Scott Rikkers, in the fields of music pedagogy, composition, conducting, theory, and history.
Adam has performed in, conducted, and taught wind bands, drumlines, jazz bands, percussion ensembles, pit orchestras, choirs, marching bands, symphony orchestras, and more. He has taken ensembles on competitive performance trips, including The Camping World Bowl (FL), Dollywood (TN), Hershey Park (PA), and Carnegie Hall (NY). This diversity of experience allows Adam to facilitate learning from a multitude of perspectives, and guide students towards high school or college readiness.
Since 2016, Adam has helped grow the percussion program at The Music Loft to include not only drum set, but scholastic general percussion (snare drum, keyboard/bells), timpani, and world percussion, including congas and cajon.
While not teaching, Adam enjoys games of all kinds: puzzles, board, table-top, video games, and everything in-between. Adam also enjoys spending time with my wife and puppy, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Leesburg VA, where he has lived since 2019.