Brian Slawson

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.” 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.

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), 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 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. Slawson proudly endorses Ludwig-Musser, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, Grover Pro Percussion, Rhythm Tech, Alternate Mode and Humes & Berg. His teachers have included Saul Goodman, Buster Bailey, Alexander Lepak, David Smith and Drew Grouse.

Legendary vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton, described Brian 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."

A cute, medium-easy percussion quartet in which players are assigned specific animal names to help define musical character.
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Med-Easy
Contrasting dark introspective material with light humor, this arrangement for mallet trio honors a quick-moving masterpiece.
Duration: 2:10 | Level: Medium
In this arrangement, Brian Slawson enables percussion ensembles to recreate Bach's masterpiece through creative mallet orchestrations.
Duration: 3:45 | Level: Med-Advanced
Three intermediate players, one marimba, and a quirky take on salsa!
Duration: 2:00 | Level: Medium
Children's Medley is one of several masterworks arranged for percussion ensemble by Brian Slawson on the Grammy-nominated CD "Bach on Wood."
Duration: 3:40 | Level: Medium
An festive piece that ensures entry-level players a rousing performance with limited preparation.
Duration: 2:30 | Level: Med-Easy
This sextet arrangement of Bach's "Concerto in A Minor" has been heard worldwide on the popular CD, "Bach on Wood" which helped garner Brian Slawson a Grammy nomination of “Best New Classical Artist.”
Duration: 2:30 | Level: Med-Advanced
This accessible arrangement brings the famous themes from Saint-Saens’s Danse Macabre into the percussion ensemble, with the xylophone taking the lead.
Duration: 3:15 | Level: Medium
A quartet written for a beginning mallet ensemble. This piece helps young players develop tremolo sensitivity, as well as to encourage eye-contact, body language, and musical communication during slower tempos.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Easy
Written for mallet ensemble and two flutes, this piece demonstrate how well Baroque music adapts to percussion instruments. This arrangement is featured on the popular CD, "Bach on Wood."
Duration: 2:30 | Level: Medium
Not for the faint of heart, this marimba/vibe duet provides an amazing opportunity for duos to max out their communication skills!
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
This duet provides a flashy, challenging interaction between the players, especially when factoring some of the quick interval changes during 32nd note passages.
Duration: 2:30 | Level: Med-Advanced
This arrangement from the incidental music to Shakespeare's classic play is both subtle and challenging, and brings a unique way for modern mallet ensembles to recreate Mendelssohn's magic.
Duration: 2:20 | Level: Advanced
J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is one of the most revered pieces in musical history. Written for mallet sextet, this arrangement will warm concert halls and is ideal for holiday concert programs.
Duration: 3:20 | Level: Medium
This Vaudville-style circus piece is adaptable from 3 players to a full-blown large ensemble. Guaranteed to get stuck in your head!
Duration: 2:20 | Level: Med-Easy
Written in the style of a young Mozart, this charming and light mallet trio was written to develop reading large groups of notes at one time.
Duration: 2:35 | Level: Easy
Arranged for mallet septet, Brian Slawson's arrangement is a great way for percussion ensembles to bring some of Mozart's mastery to life in a new way.
Duration: 4:20 | Level: Med-Easy
Brian Slawson brings forth a brilliant percussion arrangement of the “Scherzo,” a movement that underscores the antics of Puck, a clever jokester in the magical world of fairies.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
Odd Duck is a charming piece designed to introduce young players to the concept of odd meters, in this case 5/8, and how they can be broken down into groupings of 2 and 3.
Duration: 2:00 | Level: Easy
An easy, short, & groovy work for an expandable ensemble. The players can customize the piece by choosing their own instruments from a provided by the composer.
Duration: 3:10 | Level: Easy
A remarkably joyful work. Through a large orchestration of mallet instruments, this is a unique and crowd-pleasing way for percussion ensembles to communicate with sensitivity and richness.
Duration: 3:10 | Level: Medium
This tastefully arranged marimba/vibe duet provides an amazing opportunity for dues to max out communication skills!
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Medium
This mallet solo with piano accompaniment brings new accessibility to Handel's work. As an etude or recital piece, Sonata in F will be a mainstay in any developing mallet player’s repertoire.
Duration: 3:30 | Level: Medium
One of Scarlatti’s mellowest keyboard works is replete with grace notes and demands delicate legato and dynamic shaping from the marimba soloist.
Duration: 4:50 | Level: Advanced