Brian West

Professor, Division Chair and Coordinator of Percussion
BME - University of North Texas
MA - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
DMA - University of Oklahoma

Dr. Brian A. West, Professor of Music, is the Division Chair and Coordinator of Percussion at Texas Christian University. At TCU he has developed a program of record numbers that is recognized for excellence in percussion education and performance. Under his direction, the TCU Percussion Ensembles were selected to perform Showcase Concerts at the 2005, 2008, 2011, and the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and the 2005 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention. Dr. West has also developed a successful steel band program with performances at the TMEA Convention, Fort Worth's Bass Hall, and many local venues. The marching percussion programs at TCU (Marching Band Drumline, Indoor Drumline, and summer camps) have thrived under his direction. In 2006 and 2012 the TCU Indoor Drumline placed first at the PAS Marching Percussion Festival.

He is an active performer, clinician, composer/arranger, and adjudicator for a variety of percussive events.  Dr. West has conducted/performed in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, England, France, Australia, Taiwan, and across the United States.  As the Percussion Artistic Director for the “International Festival of Winds & Percussion”, he coordinates percussion ensemble performances at various international locations.  Dr. West’s passion for the percussion ensemble has led to commissioning/premiering over thirty new works for this medium. 

Dr. West holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas. He is the Executive Producer of four CDs – Prelude to Paradise, Escape Velocity, and The Palace of Nine Perfections (the TCU Percussion Orchestra & Percussion Ensemble), and Phage (the Texas A&M-Commerce Percussion Ensemble). Dr. West is published by Drop Six Media and works as a clinician/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Remo, Marimba One, and Sabian.

From 1994 to 2001, Dr. West was the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he built the percussion studio to a record number of thirty students. Under his direction, the A&M-Commerce Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform a Showcase Concert at PASIC 2000. Dr. West also conducted the A&M-Commerce Percussion Ensemble at the 2000 TMEA Convention, the 1999 Oklahoma Percussion Festival, and at such venues as the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. In addition to the Percussion Ensemble, he taught the A&M-Commerce Steel Band, Marching Band Drumline and the Indoor Drumline, who placed second at the 2000 PASIC Marching Percussion Festival.