Dr. Brad Meyer (www.Brad-Meyer.com) is a percussion educator, artist, and composer with an extensive and diverse background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble and steel band (“Jacks of Steel”), teaches private percussion lessons and the percussion methods course, and is the coordinator/arranger for the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band’s percussion sections. Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools both nationally and internationally to present recitals, workshops, masterclasses, and clinics on various topics, including: electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, steel band, and world music. His international performances and clinics have taken him to Austria, Taiwan, France, South Africa, and Slovenia. Brad has been an active presenter/performer at numerous festivals and conventions, including: Texas Music Educators Association’s national convention, Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States’ Convention, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Graz’s (Austria) Night of Percussion, Chiayi’s (Taiwan) International Band Festival, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s Intermedia Festival, and Transylvania University’s Studio 300 Festival. Brad is a composer with several compositions for snare drum, multi-percussion, and percussion ensemble published through Bachovich Publications. Dr. Meyer is a proud endorsee of Yamaha Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Stick and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Tycoon Percussion.
Brad serves as a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Technology Committee, the Health, Wellness Committee, and as the secretary of the Texas Chapter of PAS. He was the Vice President of the Kentucky Chapter of PAS in 2011–2013. Dr. Meyer was the Visiting Instructor of Music in Percussion/Percussion Ensemble Director at Centre College (Danville, KY) in 2011–2012 and was the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN) during the fall of 2011. Brad completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy of Music Theory Certificate in the Spring of 2011 under James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2006. Along with his studies at UK, Brad was the Wildcat Marching Band’s percussion director, UK Steel Band/Blue Steel coordinator, and percussion studio lesson instructor. He received his Master of Music Performance Degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring at the University of South Carolina, where he ran the Palmetto Pans, arranged and coordinated the USC drumline, and debuted his first percussion ensemble composition, Your Three Favorite Colors.
In 2010, he was the pit manager for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and before that he was the front ensemble caption head of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009, where he was as a front ensemble technician for the two years prior. His extensive training in the core percussion instruments (snare drum, keyboard, timpani, drum set, multi-percussion) as well as world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean P’ungmul, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), Joropo maracas, and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas. From 2002-2005, Dr. Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three “high-drum” trophies, and three “outstanding service” awards.