COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: Dickinson State Universityhttp://www.briannozny.com
Brian Nozny’s career as a percussionist and composer spans a wide array of musical styles, including classical, jazz, world, and popular genres. His original works and arrangements have been performed at respected academic institutions such as Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of South Carolina.
Notable ensembles that have premiered Nozny’s compositions include the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble, the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble, and NEXUS. Brian’s most recent commission, an original work for percussion sextet, “Sharps”, was premiered by the Denkyem Percussion Group on their tour of Costa Rica in March of 2010, and was recently performed by the University of Iowa at PASIC 2011. Brian’s compositions have been published by Innovative Percussion and Drop 6 Media.
As a percussionist, Nozny’s skill is versatile. He has performed in an orchestral capacity with many orchestras such as the Macon Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves as the Principal Percussionist with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. His excursions into contemporary chamber music have included collaborations with groups such as the Bravura Percussion Trio, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, and the nief-norf project. He has given solo recitals in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, and Virginia.
Brian’s extensive teaching experience includes positions both in the United States and abroad. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Brian served as a faculty member for the Music for All Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois, and was a percussion consultant for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission in Kingston, Jamaica in 2007. From 2009-2010 Brian was a staff member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently Brian is the Assistant Professor of Percussion / Assistant Director of Bands at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND.
Nozny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and Master’s degrees in Composition and Performance from the University of Miami and the University of North Texas respectively. He is currently nearing completion of his Doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky. His primary percussion teachers include James Campbell, John Willmarth, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, and Ney Rosauro; his compositional training has benefited from study with Jon Nelson, Don Wilson, and Jon Polifrone.
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BORN IN: Schenectady, NY
LIVES IN: Dickinson, ND
DRUMMING SINCE: 1987
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Dickinson State University
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Clyde Stubblefield, Bernard Purdie, Jojo Mayer, Mark Zonder
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Performing at PASIC 2008
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 20″ Vault Artisan Medium Ride