Percussionist Joshua Dreyer is interested in bringing diverse musical styles, performers and audiences together. As a passionate proponent of contemporary music, he seeks to perform, record, and program music written during his lifetime. Recent performances have included works by composers such as David Lang, Steve Reich, Marc Mellits, John Luther Adams, and Missy Mazzoli.
Equally at home in an orchestra or a jazz combo, Joshua performs actively in and around West Michigan, and has performed with groups such as the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Ensemble Montage as well as many other jazz and chamber groups. His musical endeavors have brought him across the United States from New York City to the Grand Canyon, as part of Make Music New York, Baltimore’s Mobtown Modern Series, Detroit’s Strange and Sacred Noise, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Joshua received his Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and his Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. While at GVSU, he was a member of the acclaimed Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble under the direction of Bill Ryan. He studied jazz percussion with Tim Froncek and Keith Brown, and classical percussion with Greg Secor and Andrew Bliss.
He currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spends his free time hiking and kayaking through Michigan’s great outdoors.