Brian Blume

Percussionist, composer, and educator Brian Blume (b. 1985) has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and studio percussionist, with groups such as the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and BluHill Percussion Duo. He recently joined the percussion section with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, Florida. Brian performed at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis with Madonna, Cee Lo Green, and Kelly Clarkson, and he was in the 2012 Indianapolis Colts drumline.

Brian currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at Southeastern University, where he teaches applied percussion, percussion techniques, music theory, world music, and the school’s first ever drumline, the Fireline. Prior to his appointment at SEU, Brian taught percussion at Center Grove High School (Greenwood, IN), who boasts one of the nation’s premiere high school percussion programs. Brian has also taught several drum corps and the Indiana University Drumline. He is a sought after adjudicator and clinician and has presented at several universities, high schools, and state PAS Day of Percussion events, and PASIC. As a composer, Brian has received numerous commissions and has works published by Tapspace Publications, PercMaster Publications, and drop6 media. His work for TV broadcast has been aired nationwide on ESPN, CBS, Big Ten Network, and MTV.

Brian earned both Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in percussion performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Remo drumheads, and Grover Pro Percussion instruments, and he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (member, Composition Committee), ASCAP, and NAfME. Brian lives in Lakeland with his wife and daughter. For more, visit

Alarm! is intended for a middle school or high school batterie percussion ensemble. Extreme dynamics, rhythmic melodies, as well as an engaging visual element give the piece its unique flavor.
Duration: 2:35 | Level: Med-Easy
Composed by Grieg for pizz strings and triangle, this ensemble adaption is enhanced by nonpitched perc, arpeggios, and rapid scalar passages.
Duration: 3:15 | Level: Med-Advanced
This is a well-crafted piece for intermediate percussion quartet where each player has a small multipercussion setup.
Duration: 3:25 | Level: Medium
An engaging piece in 5/4 for larger beginning-to-intermediate ensembles.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Med-Easy
A piece for marimba duo with audio accompaniment that will raise the hair on the back of your neck!
Duration: 9:25 | Level: Advanced
A challenging transcription of Schubert’s famous German art song for vibraphone and marimba duet perfect to showcase musicianship.
Duration: 3:30 | Level: Advanced
Blume’s arrangement creates the sound of snowflakes falling randomly in this truly unique spin on one of the best-selling songs of all time.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
A contemplative, heartfelt marimba solo for the intermediate player.
Duration: 3:30 | Level: Medium
Persistent metallic timbres, shared instruments, ostinati, and odd time signatures in this intense quintet.
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
Using a configuration of only drums and cymbals, this multi-percussion solo by Indiana-based composer Brian Blume expresses both reverence and intensity.
Duration: 8:00 | Level: Advanced
An energetic and masterful work by composer and percussionist Brian Blume, Scenes from the Woods is a quartet written for a circle of marimbas.
Duration: 8:15 | Level: Advanced
A collection of easy/intermediate duets for marimba and vibraphone. Great for sight reading or for younger players!
Duration: 10:45 | Level: Med-Easy
"Strands of Time" is a marching snare drum solo written specifically for the concert hall. It is accompanied by a pre-recorded audio soundscape which weaves the acoustic sound into a futuristic digital realm.
Duration: 4:45 | Level: Advanced
This advanced-level solo for 5-octave marimba travels through a variety of moods, sometimes energetic and driving demanding dexterity, and other times pensive and reflective requiring dreamlike sensitivity.
Duration: 7:30 | Level: Advanced
Smartly written duets for marching snare and tenor players to audition or showcase their skills.
Duration: 6:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
Polyrhythmic marimba solo with foot/ankle shaker. Great for intermediate percussion recitals and will leave audiences mesmerized!
Duration: 4:05 | Level: Med-Advanced
A collection of 4 treasured Christmas carols, creatively arranged for vibraphone and marimba duet.
Duration: 3:10 to 6:38 each | Level: Medium to Advanced
A creative collection of 7 classic holiday tunes for solo marimba.
Duration: 2:00 – 4:00 each | Level: Med-Advanced to Advanced