Brian Slawson

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Brian Slawson (born 1956) is an American percussionist, arranger and composer. He is best known for his Grammy-nominated recording, Bach On Wood.

Early life[edit]

Brian Montgomery Slawson was born on August 2, 1956 to Ronald and Mildred Slawson in Plattsburgh, New York and was raised in Brookfield, Connecticut. At age 7, he played snare drum in a local fife & drum corps, leading to private drum set instruction at age 10. Brian attended Brookfield High School. After preliminary studies in percussion at the Hartt School, Slawson attended the Juilliard School in New York. Soon after, he signed his first recording contract with CBS Masterworks.

Professional career[edit]

In addition to being a sought after studio musician, stage performer and clinician, Brian's multimedia company, Slawsongs, produces custom music for film, television and radio. He is Principal Timpanist of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Percussion at Eastern Florida State College and a published author for Alfred Music Publishing. Slawson is the voice of Gusto the Bulldog in Warner Bros. Music Expressions, appears in Macmillan/McGraw-Hill's Spotlight on Music and is a featured performer at Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Series.

Discography[edit]

  • 1985 - Bach on Wood (CBS Masterworks)
  • 1985 - A Yule Log (CBS FM)
  • 1988 - Distant Drums (CBS FM)
  • 1991 - Bach Beat (Sony Classical)
  • 1999 - Boomer (Powkn)
  • 2003 - XClassics (Belltone)
  • 2010 - BoomerBeats (Belltone)

Television & Radio Appearances (National)[edit]

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Print Music (listed by publisher)[edit]

  • 2011 Dynamic Solos for Snare Drum (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2011 Classic Mallet Trios (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2012 Dynamic Solos for Timpani (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2012 Classic Mallet Trios Volume 2 (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2013 Classic Mallet Trios - Tchaikovsky (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2013 Classic Mallet Trios - Bach (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2013 Dynamic Solos for Mallets (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2014 Classic Mallet Trios - Beethoven (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2014 Dynamic Duets for Snare Drum (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2015 Dynamic Solos for Mallets (digital version) (Alfred Music Publishing)
  • 2009 Two-Part Three-Pack (by J.S. Bach, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Goldberg Variation 28 (by J.S. Bach, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 El Paso Waltz (Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Concerto in A Minor (by J.S. Bach, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Children's Medley (by J.S. Bach, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Tale of the Dragon (Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Odd Duck (Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Winter (by Vivaldi, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (by Handel, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2009 Sonata in F (by Handel, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2010 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (by J.S. Bach, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2010 Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (by Mendelssohn, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2010 Top Tank (Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2011 Menuetto (by W.A. Mozart, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2011 Intermezzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (by Mendelssohn, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2011 Brandenburg No. 2/Allegro Moderato (by J.S. Bach, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2011 Shepherd's Song (by Beethoven, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2012 Sonata in A Minor (by D. Scarlatti, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2012 Etude in C Sharp Minor (by Scriabin, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2012 The Three Banditos (Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2017 Animal Cracker Rag (Slawson) (Tapspace Publications)
  • 2013 Sonata in F Minor (by D. Scarlatti, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2013 Waltz in C Sharp Minor (by D. Scarlatti, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2013 Danse Macabre (by Saint-Seans, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2014 Upbeat Suite (by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2015 Cemetery Salsa (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2015 The Storm (by Beethoven, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2015 Waltz in C-Sharp Minor (by Chopin, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 Beethoven’s Fantasy (by Beethoven, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 Animals (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 Pop Drop (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 Ticking Tacos (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 The Three Buccaneers (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 A Little Malletmusik (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 Three Romanian Dances (by Bartok, arr. Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2016 Christmas Day (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2017 Animal Cracker Rag (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2017 When You Hear the Drum (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)
  • 2017 Jokers Wild (Slawson) (Tapspace Publishing)

Personal Website[edit]

www.slawsongs.com

References[edit]

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bach on Wood Percussionist Brian Slawson Goes Against the Grain to Carve a Classical Hit". People Magazine. 
  2. ^ "All Music-Brian Slawson". All Music. 
  3. ^ "Zildjian Artist Page". Zildjian. 
  4. ^ "Kat Artist Page". Alternate Mode. 
  5. ^ "Tapspace Artist Page". Tapspace. 
  6. ^ "Distant Drums". World Cat. 
  7. ^ "Musician Performs 'BoomerBeats' Songs" (PDF). Florida Today. 
  8. ^ "Brian Slawson to entertain at Brevard Children's Chorus benefit". Orlando Arts Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Alexander Lepak". Percussive Arts Society. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Dance Drama Music" (PDF). Juilliard. 
  11. ^ "Grover Pro- Artist Page". Grover Pro. 
  12. ^ "Musser- Artist Page". Musser. 
  13. ^ "Vic Firth- Artist Page". Vic Firth. 
  14. ^ "Remo- Artist Page". Remo. Archived from the original on 2014-05-09. 
  15. ^ "Rhythm Tech- Artist Page". Rhythm Tech. 
  16. ^ "Fascinating Rhythm- Brian and Joani Slawson". Space Coast Living.