Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr. Brad Meyer is a percussion educator, artist, and composer with an extensive and diverse background. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky, his master's degree at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring and his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky. He also completed his Pedagogy of Music Theory certificate at the University of Kentucky.

At the University of South Carolina, he ran the Palmetto Pans, arranged and coordinated the USC drumline and debuted his first percussion ensemble composition, "Your Three Favorite Colors."

While pursuing his doctoral degree, he studied under James Campbell and was the Wildcat Marching Band's percussion director, University of Kentucky Steel Band/Blue Steel coordinator and percussion studio lesson instructor.

Meyer directs the percussion ensemble and steel band, teaches private percussion lessons and the percussion methods course, and is the coordinator/arranger for the Lumberjack Marching Band's percussion sections.

Prior to joining SFA's School of Music, Meyer was the visiting instructor of music in percussion and percussion ensemble director at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and adjunct professor of percussion at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.

He frequently tours universities and high schools both nationally and internationally to present recitals, workshops, masterclasses and clinics on various topics, including:

  • electro-acoustic percussion
  • contemporary marimba
  • concert snare drum
  • marching percussion
  • percussion ensemble
  • steel band
  • and world music.

His international performances and clinics have taken him to Austria, Taiwan, France, South Africa and Slovenia.

Meyer has been an active presenter/performer at numerous festivals and conventions, including:

  • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic
  • Texas Music Educators Association's national convention
  • Percussive Arts Society's International Convention
  • International Computer Music Conference
  • Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States' Convention
  • New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
  • Graz's Night of Percussion, in Austria
  • Chiayi's International Band Festival in Taiwan
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis's Intermedia Festival
  • and Transylvania University's Studio 300 Festival.

He serves on the Percussive Arts Society's Texas Chapter and PAS Health and Wellness Committee. Meyer is a past member of the PAS Technology Committee and vice president of the PAS Kentucky Chapter.

From 2002-05, Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps' front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three "high-drum" trophies and three "outstanding service" awards. After holding the position of front ensemble technician for the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps for two years, Meyer became the front ensemble caption head in 2009. In 2010, he was the pit manager for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

His extensive training in the core percussion instruments (snare drum, keyboard, timpani, drum set, multi-percussion) as well as world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean P'ungmul, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), Joropo maracas, and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas.

He is a composer with several compositions for snare drum, multi-percussion and percussion ensemble published through Bachovich Publications. Meyer is a proud endorsee of Yamaha Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drumheads and Tycoon Percussion.

Related documents

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