Josh Gottry

Josh Gottry Percussion
Northern Arizona University
Senior & Junior Camp

Josh Gottry 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. Mr. Gottry's performance record spans over twenty years with experience including professional orchestras, music 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, which have been performed throughout the world at schools, festivals, and international conventions, are credited with "intelligent scoring and attention to detail" that highlight "beautiful and calm unpretentious melodies and soundscapes".

Josh Gottry is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He is a clinician for Meinl Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and Yamaha Percussion. Mr. Gottry served three years as President and six years as Vice-President for the Arizona State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is currently Chair of the PAS Composition Contest Committee and a new literature reviewer for the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Gottry has been published in several issues of Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene and has presented clinics at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference, the Arizona PAS Day of Percussion, the New Mexico PAS Day of Percussion, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.