Slawson, Brian

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Studies: Juilliard School
Teachers: Saul Goodman, Buster Bailey, Alexander Lepak, David Smith and Drew Grouse

Since his scholarship studies at the Juilliard School, Brian Slawson has continued to pioneer innovative paths in percussion. Grammy-nominated as "Best New Classical Artist," Brian has appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, the CBS Morning News and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Brian Slawson’s extensive discography includes solo releases on Columbia, Sony/CBS and Belltone records. His smash debut, “Bach On Wood,” hit Billboard's Top 10 and remains one of the world's premier vehicles for exposing new audiences to classical music. Brian Slawson has performed with classical luminaries Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, recorded with pop icons from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Marie Osmond, and punctuated jokes for comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher and Eddie Murphy. In addition to performing on hundreds of national jingles (American Express, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Chevrolet and IBM, to name a few), Brian Slawson has recorded with the world’s finest drummers including Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Steve Ferrone, Anton Fig, Dave Weckl, Chris Parker and Grady Tate. Brian Slawson is the voice of “Gusto the Bulldog” in Warner Bros. Music Expressions and a featured artist in McGraw-Hill’s Spotlight on Music. In addition to serving as principal timpanist of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Slawson is a featured performer at Lincoln Center's, Meet the Artist Series. His Slawsongs multi media company has won Golden Reel, Tele & Addy custom music awards for feature films, television and radio. Mr. Brian Slawson proudly endorses Ludwig-Musser, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, Grover Pro Percussion, Rhythm Tech, Alternate Mode and Humes & Berg.

Legendary vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton, described Brian Slawson as “one of the finest percussionists to come along in many years.” Modern Drummer magazine hails Brian Slawson as "a visionary, be it performer, producer or composer."

Works for Percussion by this Composer


Two-Beat Tango
Dynamic Solos for Timpani
Dynamic Solos for Mallets
Dynamic Solos for Snare Drum
Animal Cracker Rag

Percussion Ensemble

A Little Malletmusik
Angels in the Moonlight
Candlesticks - Percussion Octet
Christmas Day
Dreams From the Dark Forest
Füm Drum
Jokers Wild
La Vida de la Noche (Mallet Ensemble)
La Vida de la Noche (Percussion Ensemble)
Little Lullabies
Nanigo Navidad - Percussion (11)
Odd Duck - Percussion Quartet
Opa! - Percussion 10
Pelican - Percussion (9)
Pistoleros - Percussion (13)
Pop Drop
Rockbox - Percussion Nonet
Santa's Strut
Tale of the Dragon
The Three Buccaneers
Top Tank
When You Hear the Drum
Winterland - Percussion Octet

Percussion Ensemble with Other Instrument

An American Dream - Percussion Ensemble & Trumpet

Arrangements for Percussion by this Composer

Beethoven's Fantasy (Beethoven) - Percussion Trio
Brandenburg No. 2: Allegro Moderato (Bach) - Percussion (10)
Children's Medley (Bach / Ellemenreich) - Percussion Sextet
Clockbox - Percussion Octet
Concerto in A Minor (Bach) - Mallet Sextet
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns) - Percussion Octet
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Etude in C# Minor (Scriabin) - Mallet Duet
Frightmare (Beethoven) - Percussion (12)
Goldberg Variation 28 (Bach)
Heartland (Rameau & Dvořák) - Percussion Octet
Intermezzo from a Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn) - Mallet Octet
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) - Mallet Sextet
Leggerhead (Bach, Handel, Dvořák) - Percussion Sextet
Menuetto (Mozart) - Percussion Septet
Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo (Mendelssohn) - Mallet Ensemble
Rock the Gavotte (Rameau & Ditters von Dittersdorf) - Percussion Octet
Shepherd’s Song (Beethoven) - Percussion (14)
Soca Polka - Percussion (14)
Sonata in A Minor (Scarlatti) - Mallet Duet
Sonata in F (Handel) - Mallet Solo
Sonata in F Minor (Scarlatti) - Marimba
The Storm (Beethoven) - Mallet Trio
Teardrop (Rossini) - Vibraphone; Piano
Three Romanian Dances (Bartók) - Mallet Duet
Upbeat Suite - Mallet Quartet
Waltz in C# Minor (Chopin) - Mallet Duet
Winter (Vivaldi) - Percussion (10)