Brian Fronzaglia, Educator and Performing Artist, was formerly Department Head of Music and also the Associate Professor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Missouri Southern State University. During his time in Joplin, Missouri, Brian was also the Artistic Director for Pro Musica. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Penn State where he was also awarded the Performer’s Recognition Award. He holds a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University and has completed work towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a Minor area of study in Sound Recording at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He is currently working towards the Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. In addition to his formal training, Brian has also spent time internationally teaching, studying or performing in Serbia, Belgium, Italy, and most recently Steel Pans in Trinidad and Tobago.
Brian, performing on many international stages has been seen throughout the United States and Europe. He has been seen performing with the Stanković Percussion Ensemble (Belgrade, Serbia), Grumo Festival Orchestra (Binetto, Tesero and Cavalese, Italy), Kansas City Baroque Ensemble, Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Symphony Chamber Orchestra and The American Opera Studio. In addition, he has performed with the Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Nittany Valley Symphony, Northland Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Brian, a former member of the group Marimba Sol de Chiapas was also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. A founding member of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams “Battering Rams” drum line, Brian was also the founding Director and Arranger for MLB’s Kansas City Royals “Royal Thunder Drum Line.”
Under his direction, the Royal Thunder Drum Line performed for the 2014 and 2015 MLB World Series home-stands and World Series Championship parade along with the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, traveled to/performed in Europe and was seen on Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS, TBS and TNT. His most recent creative project was “300 Trumpets” iTunes Audio/Video release featuring Dontae Winslow of Justin Timberlake’s “Tennessee Kids” where he was project coordinator, drum line arranger and commissioning agent. During his time as an educator and performer, Brian and his groups have collaborated with many artists with some notables being the opening acts for the groups Journey and Train.
Along with being on the faculty for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camps, Brian has also served on the faculties at Penn State University, Pittsburg State University, the Grumo Music Festival, Miami Oklahoma School District and the Flint Institute of Music. He is currently an active adjudicator throughout the Midwest and has been a consultant and arranger for several high schools across the nation. He has been on staff with WGI Independent World Finalists, United Percussion and Gateway Indoor and also the DCI World Finalist, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Brian has also been a consultant for Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Brian is a Yamaha Performing Artist/clinician and is also a performing artist/clinician for SABIAN Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Gon Bops Percussion, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and Etymōtic Ear Plugs. Brian has given numerous master classes, performances and clinics throughout the United States and Europe. As a performer Brian has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion and has been recorded on numerous labels and his compositions are published through Sfz Music Design, Yamaha Corporation of America and Row-Loff Productions.