Brian West

Brian A. West is a Professor of Music and the Division Chair/Coordinator of Percussion at Texas Christian University.  Under his direction, the TCU Percussion Studio has received international recognition.  The TCU Percussion Orchestra/Percussion Ensemble was named a winner in the 2022, 2019, 2015, 2011, 2008, and 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and the TCU Drumline won the 2012 and 2006 PAS Marching Percussion Festivals.  Prior to coming to TCU, Dr. West served as the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a winner in the 2000 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

He has conducted/performed in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, England, France, Australia, Taiwan, and across the United States.  Dr. West’s passion for the percussion orchestra/percussion ensemble has led to commissioning/premiering over forty new works for this medium.  Additionally, he is the Executive Producer of four percussion orchestra/percussion ensemble CDs.

Within the Percussive Arts Society, Dr. West has served on the Board of Advisors and is currently finishing his second term as the Chair of the Percussion Ensemble Committee.  He is an active performer, clinician, composer/arranger, and adjudicator for a variety of percussive events.  Dr. West holds a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, master’s from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.  He works as a clinician/artist for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Remo, Marimba One, and Sabian.