Adam DeGraff rocks the stage at Kaufman Auditorium

Published: Nov. 7, 2019 at 2:58 PM EST
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Using only his violin, it's safe to say Adam DeGraff amazed hundreds of elementary students from Marquette Area Public Schools earlier Thursday in Kaufman Auditorium.

"That is why I do this ... is to communicate with people,” explained Adam DeGraff.

DeGraff was able to communicate very well, judging by the reaction from these elementary students, and also what he remembers from Marquette Area High School students.

"The 'high schoolers' especially this morning was an incredible show. I think they were surprised. You know, you're a high school kid, you walk in and you see a guy standing in front of you with 1100 of your friends with a violin,” said DeGraff.

But what DeGraff says the students didn't expect was the unique sound he would play.

"I did notice right when I jumped in I kind of hit it hard. The students sat back and were amazed with what was going on. Their eyes popped, and we had a blast. They were really into it."

Originally from Chicago, the violinist has a long history of playing classical violin on many stages.

But then the musician decided to make a change.

"Now I kind of break some of the rules, and I'm very much into Rock 'N' Roll violin, which is kind of a nebulous description. Rock Violin is kind of just anything you want, with a lot of beat, a lot of bass, a lot of layers,” said DeGraff.

Thursday's performance was brought to Marquette thanks to the Kaufman Lyceum Series started in the 1920s.

"Just predating that, L.G. Kaufman made the first endowment to a public school in the nation's history, and that endowment has since the 1920s paid for programs like this where we bring in, people that we just don't have access to have normally, and we're very fortunate to have that,” said Kaufman Auditorium Executive Director, Lantz Whitfield.

Now if you're interested in catching all the excitement like these kids did today, you're in luck because there is a show planned for Friday, November 8th at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets for the show can be purchased


If students can't purchase the tickets, DeGraff strongly encourages them to email him at, and he will buy your ticket to the show.

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