Brian A. West

Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion
TCU Music Center 121C | 817-257-5759


Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Oklahoma
Master of Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Music Education, University of North Texas

Courses Taught

MUSP 20610.715 Percussion lessons (lower division)
MUSP 40610.715 Percussion lessons (upper division)
MUSP 50210.715 Percussion lessons (artist diploma)
MUSP 60610.715 Percussion lessons (Masters)
MUSP 70610.715 Percussion lessons (Doctoral)
MUSI 10020.045 Percussion Ensemble
MUSI 60020.715 Percussion Ensemble (graduate)
MUSI 10110.075 Marching Band
MUSI 10071.060 Percussion Techniques
MUSI 40033.075 Instrumental Performance Pedagogy
MUSI 50970.715 Special Problems (Pedagogy, Arranging)
MUSP 30991.715 Recital I
MUSP 40991.715 Recital II
MUSP 70971.715 Recital I (Masters)
MUSP 70981.715 Recital II (Masters)
MUSP 80971. 715 Recital I (Doctoral)
MUSP 80981. 715 Recital II (Doctoral)
MUSP 80991. 715 Recital III (Doctoral)
MUSI 90970.715 Doctor of Musical Arts Document

Areas of Focus

Percussion - all areas. Applied percussion lessons for all levels (graduate and undergraduate). Percussion Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Marching Percussion, etc.

Dr. Brian A. West is a Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Percussion at Texas Christian University. Under his direction, the percussion program at TCU has received international recognition. The TCU Percussion Orchestra won the 2015, 2011, 2008 and 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and the TCU Drumline won the 2012 and 2006 PAS Marching Percussion Festivals. Dr. West has conducted/performed in Hawaii, Italy, Spain, England, France, Australia, and Taiwan. Within the Percussive Arts Society he currently serves on the Board of Advisors and is the Chair of the Percussion Ensemble Committee. Dr. West is an active performer, clinician, composer/arranger, and adjudicator for a variety of percussive events. Dr. West is the Executive Producer of four CDs, is published by drop6 media, and works as a clinician/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Remo, Marimba One, and Sabian.

Commissioned and premiered over 30 works for various percussion ensembles.

Executive Producer of 4 compact discs:

Prelude to Paradise – TCU Percussion Orchestra (commercially released on Albany Records)

Escape Velocity – TCU Percussion Orchestra (commercially released on Albany Records)

The Palace of Nine Perfections – TCU Percussion Orchestra

Phage – Texas A&M University-Commerce Percussion Ensemble

Five-time winner of the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

Percussive Arts Society

Texas Music Educators Association

Board of Advisors / Percussion Ensemble Committee Chair – Percussion Arts Society

Clinician for a variety of percussive events.

Adjudicator for a variety of percussive events.