The William Adam Trumpet Scholarship was established in 1998. Richard
Fanning, one of his former students, led the effort to create this fund in
Professor Adam's 80th birthday. It provides annual scholarships to
undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in trumpet, jazz, or
The son of Andrew Walker Adam and Wilda Blose Adam, William Adam was born on
October 21, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri. Before he graduated from Fort
Collins High School in Colorado at the age of 16, he traveled with big
bands. He continued to perform professionally while attending the University
of Denver, University of Southern California, and Pasadena Junior College.
Professor Adam graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of
Music degree in performance and from the Eastman School of Music with Master
of Music degrees in theory and composition. He studied with such
world-renowned teachers as Mabel Keith Leach, Hyram Lammes, Herbert L.
Clarke, and William Vacciano. While performing with the Denver Symphony
Orchestra and the NBC Radio Orchestras, he taught high school. In Los
Angeles, he played in radio show bands and at the Paramount Theater. In 1947
he came to IU School of Music as a trumpet professor. He continued to
give trumpet lessons at his home until October 14, 2013. Bill Adam passed away on November 25, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana.
William Adam Trumpet Scholarship Recipients
Alessandro Ghidotti (2005)
Michael Hackett (2004)
Daniel Thomas, N. Ft. Meyers, Florida (2003)
Katharine Frew (2002)
Katharine Frew (2001)
Joseph Van Fleet (2000)
To inquire about or
contribute to the scholarship,
Melissa Dickson (email@example.com)
Checks should be payable to the IU Foundation, with
William Adam Trumpet Scholarship written in the memo.
Development of Director
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
1201 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-2200
Phone (812) 855-4656
Those who wish to
pay by credit card may call and ask for a pledge card.