COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
Brian Baldauff is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at West Liberty University in West Liberty, West Virginia. In Addition to directing the percussion ensemble, teaching applied lessons, percussion literature and pedagogy courses, and percussion fundamentals for music education majors, he also directs the athletic bands including 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.
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 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, Joseph Gramley, and John W. Parks IV. He is currently a Doctor of Music candidate at the Florida State University.