(b. 1974) earned a BM in Percussion Performance at Northern Arizona
University and a MM in Composition at Arizona State University and has
successfully established himself as a highly regarded percussion
instructor and performer and as an internationally recognized composer.
Mr. Gottry currently
serves as Professor of Music at South Mountain
Community College, teaching courses in
music business and humanities, music theory, percussion, and composition.
Additionally, he works with percussion ensembles and private percussion
students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private
lesson studio. His private students
consistently earn the highest ratings at the Arizona State Solo &
Ensemble Festival, place in All-Region and All-State Ensembles, and
several have earned percussion scholarships to percussion and
composition programs at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona
University, University of Arizona, and Berklee College of Music.
performance record spans over 20 years with experience including
professional orchestras, music theater, community and chamber
ensembles, as well as solo performances and recitals.
he was selected to serve as a teaching artist with the Arizona
Commission on the Arts, presenting clinics and residencies on
percussion and composition for schools and after-school programs.
Mr. Gottry's first
composition, "Irrelevant" for solo marimba, earned him an ASCAP Young
Composer Competition grant in 1995. Since that time, he has been
selected for numerous ASCAP Plus awards and has created
published works. Having come to composition through his
musical pursuits as a percussionist, he is uniquely able to create works
for percussion that are engaging, pedagogical, and brilliantly creative.
which have been performed throughout the world at schools, festivals, and
international conventions, are credited with “intelligent scoring
and attention to detail” that highlight “beautiful and calm
unpretentious melodies and soundscapes.”
Josh Gottry is a member
of the Percussive Arts Society and the American Society of Composers,
Authors, and Publishers. He is a clinician for Mike Balter Mallets,
Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and Yamaha Percussion.
Mr. Gottry recently served
three years as President
and six years as Vice-President for the Arizona State Chapter of the
Percussive Arts Society. He is
currently Chair of the PAS Composition Contest Committee,
of the PAS Education Committee, and a new literature
reviewer for the Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Gottry has been published in several issues
of Percussive Notes and has presented clinics at the Arizona Music Educators
Association Conference and the Percussive Arts Society International