Brian Gardiner

Dr. Brian Gardiner is a versatile performer, having performed throughout the U.S.A. and Canada with professional orchestras, rock bands, dance and choral groups, as well as chamber ensembles. He is a member of the percussion section with the Portland Opera, and the principal percussionist with the Vancouver (WA) Symphony Orchestra. He also currently freelances in Portland, Oregon, where he has performed with the Oregon Symphony, the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Portland Columbia Symphony, and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. He has performed throughout the United States and under the batons of such conductors as Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Kalmar, Roberto Abbado, David Robertson, Michael Stern, Cliff Colnot, David Effron, Murry Sidlin, Uri Mayer, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, among others. He has appeared on stage with such acts as Béla Flek and the Flektones, Rufus Wainwright, and Byron Stripling just to name a few. He also performed on the Oregon Symphony’s 2011 Grammy nominated recording, Music for a Time of War.

As a supporter of new music, Gardiner has performed with Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble, the Oregon Marimba Quartet, and the Oregon Percussion Ensemble. He also co-founded the APEX Percussion duo, and the Portland Percussion Group. He has been a highly sought after drum set artist in Oregon, performing with many regional and national recording artists such as Federale, Tractor Operator, Dan Jones and the Squids, and the Sugar Beets. Brian also was employed by the dance department of the University of Oregon to accompany both modern and African dance classes, and to play in the school’s African dance troupe. Federale’s music has been featured on the CW network’s program, Supernatural, as well as on a number of television commercials. They have also appeared on the NPR’s show Livewire!, as well as a number of feature films, and television commercials. 2014′s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night features a number of Federale compositions, as well as Brian’s own composition, “Thirsty’s Return.”

As an educator, he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon, Concordia University, and at Portland Community College (Rock Creek campus) in Portland, Oregon. Brian has taught percussion camps and master classes at schools in Indiana, Kansas, and Oregon, and is an invited clinician at public schools and universities. Brian received the degree of Doctorof Music in Percussion Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Professors John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, and Steve Houghton. He has also studied with retired Indiana University professors Anthony Cirone and Gerald Carlyss. As a Doctoral student at Indiana University he was awarded a highly sought after Associate Instructor position in the percussion department. Brian received a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance, with honors, from the University of Oregon, under the guidance of Professor Charles Dowd.

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