Percussionist, vibraphonist, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Adam Pfannenstiel (aka Mr. P-fan) was born and raised in Southampton, Pennsylvania, He began studying jazz and percussion at a young age. While in high school, Mr. Pfannenstiel studied at the esteemed Settlement Music School in Philadelphia with Robert Landham and Wendell Hobbs.
Mr. Pfannenstiel was named winner of the prestigious Temple University-Mellon Jazz Scholarship, a $5,000 tuition award presented to a promising jazz student. In 2008, he was selected as a finalist in the Percussive Arts Society’s (PASIC) Jazz Vibraphone Contest, held in Austin, Texas, where he placed second in the competition. Mr. Pfannenstiel can be found performing in many jazz and classical ensembles throughout the Philadelphia area on vibraphone, drum set, and piano.
Mr. Pfannenstiel earned his Bachelor of Music Education/Jazz Performance degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, where he had the opportunity to study with some of the top jazz and classical musicians in Philadelphia and New York City. They include Dan Monaghan, Steve Fidyk, Glenn Steele, Bill Kerrigan, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Ben Schachter, Bruce Barth, and Norman David. He also holds his Master’s Degree in Music Education from University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Mr. Pfannenstiel has had the opportunity to perform with some of the great names in jazz such as Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton,
Sean Jones, Benny Golson, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Clark Terry, and Carla Cook. His credits also include performances at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hague Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and The Kimmel Center, Chris’ Jazz Café, and Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus in Philadelphia.
In addition to performing, Mr. Pfannenstiel is an avid composer and arranger. He has been commissioned to write and arrange music for various ensembles at Hershey Park as well as Marching Band and Jazz Band music for middle and high schools around the country. His original work can be heard on the Temple University Jazz Band’s CD, “To Thad With Love”, as well as a recently released album recorded by the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band entitled, “Then and Now”. He recently recorded with bassist Tim Wolfe on his debut album, “Topics of Conversation” that was released in March of 2014. He has also written music for The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, directed by world renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford.
Mr. Pfannenstiel currently teaches instrumental music at Pennwood Middle School and Manor Elementary in the Pennsbury School District in Yardley, PA where he teaches concert band and jazz band. He also maintains a private lessons studio teaching percussion, drum set, vibraphone, and jazz piano.
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