About John Gronert
Get to know John Gronert
John Gronert has been playing drums since age ten. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Music where he studied with James Lattimer and Richard Davis. He graduated with a B.M. in Percussion and a M.M. in Dalcroze Eurythmics from the Manhattan School of Music NYC. His teachers at the Manhattan School of Music included Paul Price, James Price, Fred Hinger, Dr. Ruth Alperson and Dr. Robert Abramson.
John also studied with legendary drummers Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Quartet) and Sonny Igoe (Woody Herman) for many years.
John Gronert has been a band director in the NJ public schools for 36 years. He has been teaching at the S.E. Shull School in Perth Amboy NJ since 1989. He was the 2006 Governor’s Teacher of the year.
John’s students have won 1st chair positions in the NJ All State Band, Region 2 Band, Region 2 Jazz Ensembles ,All-Shore band and NJ Intermediate School All-Shore Band. They have graduated with degrees in music from the University of Indiana, Mannes School of Music, Jersey City State University, New York University, and the Berklee School of Music.
He has performed with Marvin Hamlisch, Joe Morello Quintet, Charlie Rouse, Richard Davis, Darius Brubeck, Donald Harrison, Jack Six, Gary Mazzaroppi, Doug Clark, Bob DeVoe, Rob Middleton, Robert Sayer, Mike St John, Alison Smith, Sherri Lewis, Felix Truex, Robert Marriner, Bob Himmelberger. Rick Crane, Glen Dicterow, Janos Starker, Stanley Drucker ,Robert Merril and the Jazz Lobster Orchestra.
John currently performs with Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St Peter by the Sea, Tim Broege Jazz Trio, John Morrison Jazz Quintet, Cabaret for Life, The Asbury Pops Band and Vinnie Talarico.
John Gronert works for Ed Sueta Music Publications as a clinician, composer and author. He is co-author of Premier Performance for Band –Drums,