eil W. Grover is a world-renowned percussionist, brilliant innovator and successful entrepreneur. His company, Grover Pro Percussion, has achieved worldwide recognition for the design, manufacture and distribution of world-class percussion instruments.
At the young age of 23, Neil was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Opera Company of Boston, a position he held for seven seasons. His career soon started skyrocketing and he found himself in constant demand for all musical genres including symphony, chamber music, ballet, opera and commercial recording. Highlights of his collaborations include the Royal, Bolshoi and Boston Ballets, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Music from Marlboro, Boston Musica Viva, Empire Brass, and with the iconic rock band Aerosmith. Much in demand as a recording artist, he can be heard on the film scores of Phillip Glass’ “Mishima” and John Williams’ “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. In addition, Neil appears as a Boston Pops percussionist in the hit movie “Blown Away” starting Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. He has toured with Music From Marlboro, the Boston Symphony, Henry Mancini, Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Broadway production of “The Pirates of Penzance”. Among his greatest collaborations are his 35 years of dedicated service performing, recording and touring with the world-famous Boston Pops, where he has made music under the batons of Maestros Arthur Fiedler, John Williams and Keith Lockhart. Neil has been a regular in the percussion section of the Boston Symphony and has performed under Maestros Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Neemi Jaarvi, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Bernard Haitink. His percussive talents have been enjoyed by thousands at venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and festivals at Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, Blossom, and Ravinia. In addition, he has performed for millions of listeners through broadcasts on the NBC, CBS, NHK, PBS, A&E and NPR networks. Recently, Neil joined the multi-media musical extravaganza, “Star Wars In Concert”, serving as Principal Percussionist on two legs of their North American Tour.
Neil shares his encyclopedic knowledge of professional percussion techniques and career development through his educational outreach programs and publications. As one of the field’s most prolific and requested clinicians, he has given presentations at over 100 colleges and universities throughout the USA and Canada. He is equally respected overseas having led master classes at such venerable institutions as the Sydney Conservatory (Australia), Conservertoire de Paris, London’s Royal College of Music & Guildhall School (England), Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Royal Conservatory (Scotland), as well as throughout Japan, Korea, and Europe. In addition, he has been an invited clinician at over 50 state and international days of percussion, including the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, Iowa Bandmasters Convention and five times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Neil Grover has written/co-authored five publications: Four Mallet Primer, Four Mallet Fundamentals, Art of Triangle & Tambourine Playing, Percussionist’s Cookbook, and The Art of Percussion Playing. He has written articles for School Band & Orchestra, Percussive Notes and Drum Tracks. Founder and President of Grover Pro Percussion, Neil’s innovative designs and cutting edge manufacturing techniques have set a new standard for the ergonometric functionality of modern day percussion instruments. Neil and his company have been featured in publications like Percussive Notes, Modern Drummer, School Band & Orchestra, Musical Merchandise Review as well as on two episodes of the Discovery Channel’s series How It’s Made.
Winning the C.D. Jackson Master Prize as a Boston Symphony Fellowship student at Tanglewood, Neil graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with famed BSO Principal Timpanist Vic Firth.
Formerly the Chair of the percussion programs at both The Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts, today, Neil’s own students occupy leading positions in many top performing, educational and music business organizations.
Neil has served four terms of office on the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society and was a Trustee of the Winchester Community Music School, one of America’s premier community music schools. Neil is married to Tony nominated actress Maureen Brennan and they have one son, Max, a corporate pilot.