Collection: Dirkjan van Groningen

I’m a professional percussionist, educator, composer and musical entrepreneur from Zwolle, The Netherlands. I’m born in 1971 in Kampen and I got my first private percussion lessons when I was 8 years old at a local community band.

During high school I performed with several Dutch (marching) bands, drum corps, percussion ensembles and orchestras. In 1993 I joined Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corps from Canada to march DCI and age out in the same year. 

After that I started studying percussion at the Artez Conservatory in Zwolle. In 1998 I received my degree in classical percussion and one year later I graduated in jazz and pop music.

At this point I’m teaching drums and percussion at Quintus, Center for arts and education in Kampen. and I’m active as a drummer/percussionist in different bands and occasional ensembles in The Netherlands and abroad. 

You may know me from my arrangements and compositions for bands and percussion ensembles, which are widely used in Europe.  

In addition, America has also started to discover my music lately. This is partly thanks to the percussion ensemble pieces that have recently been published by Row-Loff. I'm very thankful that a couple of my percussion ensemble pieces were added to the Texas PML and the Florida State Music List. 

Since my method books are available in various languages, I'm regularly asked for clinics throughout Europe. To transfer my knowledge and know-how and help other bands and ensembles I've been visiting Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland in recent years.

I’m the creative director of the European publishing company Concert & Marching Music for which Band Music Center is providing US distribution. I'm endorsed by Salyers Percussion, Evans Drumheads and Soultone Cymbals.