Brian graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, while studying percussion with Eric Forester, Dale Anderson, and a year with Ndugu Chancler. In January 2009, he earned a Master of Music in Conducting from the American Band College, at Southern Oregon University. He also attended the Northwestern Conducting Symposium in 2016, with Dr. Mallory Thompson. Brian has appeared in Westlake Malibu Lifestyle magazine, written for Bandworld magazine, and been published in The Instrumentalist three times, including a feature interview in March, 2013.
Brian is currently in his 12th year as the Dept. Chair of Perf. Arts & Band Director of the 220-member program at Westlake High School. He is also a member of the WHS Leadership Team and School Site Council, seated positions since his second month at Westlake. Brian received the CVUSD Teacher of The Month award, May 2014. He has also served as a Master Teacher for four CSUN student teachers. Westlake Instrumental Music was a Grammy in the Schools Semi-Finalist for 2014. Brian is extremely proud to work alongside Orchestra Director, Liz Blake and Mike Gangemi, Associate Director.
Under Brian’s leadership, Westlake ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, three times at CBDA/CASMEC state conventions, The Midwest Clinic, The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz festival, The Jazz Education Network Conference, and The Chicago Natural History Museum. Westlake commissions include composers Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis, George Stone, Matt Harris, Jeff Jarvis, Craig Skeffington, Matt Finders, Mike Kamuf, Alan Ferber, Scott Director, Patrick Burns, and Matt McBane. Guest artists, conductors and clinicians include Dr. Frank Ticheli, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Johan De Meij, Blair Bollinger, Ron Stout, Sam Pilafian, Pat Sheridan, Gordon Goodwin, John Daversa, John Carnahan, Jim Walker, Gregg Bissonette, Clay Jenkins, Wayne Bergeron, James Rocillo, Chris Madsen, Matt Harris, Matt Finders, Jim Snidero, Alan Ferber, Joe Gransden, Brian Scanlon, Steve Owen, Brian Kilgore, Kevin Garren, and the Big Bad VooDoo Daddy.
Brian performed with the Blue Devils "A" Corps playing top bass in 1997 and snare in 1998, and the USC Trojan Marching band 1994-1998, snare. He has been on the Blue Devils "A" corps visual staff since 2000, instructed the Blue Devils "B" Corps pit 1999-2001 and was the 2002 Blue Devil visual caption head. With the Blue Devils “A” Corps he has earned multiple visual titles, nine DCI World Championships, including five undefeated seasons, and the highest DCI score ever recorded, 99.65, in 2014. In 2015, Brian was the single full-time brass, percussion and marching instructor the inaugural 97-member Blue Devils International Corps. The 2015 BDI summer tour lasted six weeks with performances in five countries culminating in a nine-day stent at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.
Brian also worked six seasons as a Toy Solider drummer in the Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade (1998-2002 & 2004), and was the Band Director at Valley View High School from 2002-2006.
Brian assess 3rd year Master degree candidate start up lessons, “boo-boo band,” and grades 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Master degree projects for the American Band College. He has adjudicated field tournaments and concert festivals for the SCSBOA, winter drumline for SCPA. SJVCGPR. PPAACC, ADLA, and visual for Kamehameha HS. Brian is also a regular attendee of JEN conferences & the Midwest Clinic. His professional affiliations include the SCSBOA, CBDA, JEN, NAfME and System Blue. Brian lives in Westlake Village, CA with his beautiful and loving wife, Danielle, and their two Italian Greyhounds and a cat.