Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa in 1978, Adam began his musical studies on alto saxophone while in grade school. After Mr. Schroeder's introduction to Charlie Parker in 1992, his musical interest became fixed solely within the Jazz Idiom. Between his junior and senior year is when Mr. Schroeder finally discovered his saxophonistic voice, switching from the Alto over to the Baritone Saxophone. Later that same year, Adam was asked to fill the baritone sax role in the student big band at Clark Terry's International Institute of Jazz Studies. (Westmar University in LeMars, IA) This decision sparked a relationship with the famed Clark Terry, thus leading to a multitude of musical opportunities for the two players.
Clark asked Adam if he would consider his jazz institute as a place of residency during his college years, which Adam accepted with great honor. Unfortunately during Adam's freshman year at the CTI, Westmar University cut the Jazz Institute's funding. Upon Clark's recommendation, Adam, along with most of the students, transfered to Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) where he would graduate in 2000 with a BM in Jazz Studies. Mr. Schroeder regularly performed in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, & Houston. In 1998, at the Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, he was featured with the late Nick Brignola during the Festival's "Saturday Night Sax."
In June of 2000, Downbeat Magazine named Mr. Schroeder Co-Winner of the Jazz Instrumental Soloist Award (23rd Annual Student Music Awards), the first ever Baritone Saxophonist given this prestigious honor. Later that year, Mr. Schroeder's career took off. Columbia Artists called with "Maureen McGovern & John Pizzarelli in Concert tour", Clark Terry called with "The 17th Annual Floating Jazz Festival aboard the QE2", & Ray Charles called which started a four-year relationship up until the singer’s untimely passing.
Throughout his career, Adam has had the fortunate opportunity to play and record with a host of jazz greats. Among them are the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clark Terry, Anthony Wilson, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli, Bill Cosby, Bennie Wallace, Michael Buble, Sting, Chris Botti, & the late Nick Brignola.
Adam's presence in the jazz community, from Los Angeles to New York, is felt not only in his muscular swing, but in his outreach to the community as well. When asked about his career, Adam replied "Clark Terry has not once stopped reaching out to others, always taking the time out of his life to give, be it musically or as a mentor. He instilled that in me from the moment we first met; that's a lesson I'll never forget and a lesson I strive to live up to each & every day of my musical life."