Active not only as a performer, Adrian continues to be involved with music education. He has taught lessons at every level, from beginning band students to advanced music majors. His students have gone on to participate in All-State Jazz and Concert Band ensembles, pursue music majors at universities, have successful careers as music educators, and perform professionally. He has worked as an assistant director and head percussion instructor for marching programs, directed small and large ensembles, written music for a variety of ensembles, given numerous clinics and guest artist appearances, adjudicated festivals, is a Vandoren Artist, a Hercules Stands Artist, and an active clinician. Adrian currently teaches saxophone and arranging at Tennessee State University, applied woodwind lessons at Nashville State Community College, and maintains a private woodwind lesson studio.
Adrian earned both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in
Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006. In 2008 he earned a Master of Music (M.M.) in Saxophone Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. After receiving his M.M., he returned to
Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of the music faculty acting as Interim Director of Jazz Studies for the 2008-2009 academic year. Adrian is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has studied with Chip McNeill and Glenn Wilson. In 2011 Adrian won a Downbeat Award in the Jazz Soloist category for his performance on the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band album “Freeplay.”