Brian attended the Berklee College of Music, earning a bachelor of music in music education. While at Berklee he had the privilege of studying under such notable trumpet players as Wayne Naus, Lin Biviano, Tiger Okoshi and Jeff Stout.

After college, Brian spent four years touring with original funk group, Rippopotamus, sharing the stage with national acts such as Queen Latifah, Phish, Fishbone, De La Soul, and the Beastie Boys. Rippopotamus released five albums, wrote and performed the theme song for MTV’s show, Singled Out, and were a featured act at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

He has performed and recorded with the likes of Deana Martin, Bobby Rydell, Roger Ingram, Kayvan Vega, Ray de la Paz, Hector “Pichie” Perez, Don Sonero, Richie Ray and Luisito Carrion. 

Distinguished Instructors

  • Lin Biviano (lead trumpet w/ Tony Bennett, Chase, Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan and Lawrence Welk)
  • Tiger Okoshi (trumpet w/ Gary Burton, Dave Grusin, Dave Liebman, and Pat Metheny)
  • Jeff Stout (former soloist with Buddy Rich Orchestra and appearances with Budd Johnson, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, Mel Torme, and Lionel Hampton)
  • Wayne Naus (lead trumpet w/ Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson)
  • Roger Ingram (lead trumpet w/ Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval)

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