Adrian’s earliest performance memory comes from being a part of a Percussive Arts Society “Call for Tapes” winning ensemble. Although he didn’t understand the scope of that performance in his limited experience and knowledge, it set adrian on a track to begin considering a career in music performance and education. The next school year he earned the privilege to perform with the Texas All-State Orchestra and that experience solidified his desire to make music a permanent part of life. Immediately after graduation, Adrian was fortunate to spend a summer as a member of the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugles Corps. in the front ensemble.
Adrian’s college performance opportunities ranged from small and large ensembles to being featured with faculty members at music festivals and recitals. Getting the opportunity to teach privately and for local drumlines in college gave Adrian an early taste in the joy of music education that soon took precedence to performing.
As an educator, Adrian has been fortunate to have performance opportunities in civic orchestras, church holiday programs, freelance combo drumming and full-time church drummer. As a member of Trommel percussion ensemble, he performed at the 2007 Texas Bandmasters Association convention featuring Lamar Burkhalter, Nathan Daughtrey, and Mark Ford. Adrian is currently the staff drumset artist and instrumental music director for First Baptist Church of The Woodlands.
His focus in performance today is geared towards preparing students for success in performance situations. During his time at Harlingen High School, the band advanced to the Texas State Marching Contest for the first time in the schools 60 year history. The band also advanced to the finals of the Texas State Honor Band competition for the first time. After four years in Harlingen, Adrian relocated to the Houston area where he has started two band programs and still teaches at College Park High School in The Woodlands. The College Park Marching Band reached the finals at the Area D marching contest in only their second year of existence and has maintained that standard of excellence since that time. The College Park Wind Ensemble finished 7th in the Texas State Honor Band contest in 2010, and was named a winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project 2010 Mark of Excellence contest.