Director of Percussion and Athletic Bands.
Brian Baldauff (b. 1977, Daytona Beach, Florida) is currently the Director of Percussion Studies and Athletic Bands at West Liberty University. His responsibilities include conducting the percussion ensemble, teaching applied lessons and percussion methods courses, and directing the Marching Hilltoppers and the WLU Pep Band. Brian is a versatile performer and pedagogue whose interests span contemporary and historic percussion literature, electronic sound, and conducting.
Active as a performer of solo, orchestral, and chamber music, Brian has performed with the Florida Gulf Coast, Lansing, and Brevard Symphonies. As a founding member of the Denkyem Percussion Group, he toured Costa Rica performing concerts and teaching masterclasses. In 2005, Brian performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as a featured artist with the Timber Creek High School. Brian frequently presents clinics, lectures, and performances at high schools and colleges across the country.
A multi-percussionist, specializing in keyboard and marching percussion, Brian has served on the instructional staff for both the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (Jacksonville, FL) and the Boston Crusaders, and was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Florida State University Marching Chiefs “Big 8” drum line. Brian was awarded first place in both the 2003 and 2004 PASIC Keyboard Individuals, and in 2010 was selected for and competed in the semi-final round of the Southern California Marimba Competition. He is featured on the recently released recording of the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble titled Volume One and additionally on the BlockM and Equilibrium labels with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Percussion Ensemble (works of Michael Daugherty and Michael Udow).
Additionally, Brian is very active in the Percussive Arts Society community, currently serving as President of the West Virginia chapter. Brian completed his undergraduate work in music education at the University of Central Florida and received his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His primary percussion teachers include Jeffrey Moore, Michael Udow, and Joseph Gramley. He is currently a Doctor of Music candidate at the Florida State University where he studied with John W. Parks IV.
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