As a performer, composer, and educator, it is Brian Blume’s passion to connect with audiences and students through the art of percussion. In 2020, Blume joined the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. In his role with the Ceremonial Band, he serves his country through supporting high-profile ceremonies and events in the national capital region. Blume also performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and studio percussionist, and has performed with groups such as the Orlando Philharmonic, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, BluHill Percussion Duo, the Indianapolis Colts drumline, and Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
For seven years, Blume served as Assistant Professor of Percussion at Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL), where he founded the school’s first drumline, created a world music course, and established a percussion studio. During his time at SEU, Blume introduced numerous opportunities never previously available to students at the university. He is a sought after adjudicator and clinician and has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, state PAS Day of Percussion events, and several universities and high schools around the country. As a composer, Blume seeks to compose imaginative music that affects listeners and performers in an authentic way. His skillful writing for percussion won him the opportunity to be the 2020-2021 World Percussion Group Composer-in-Residence. His compositions for percussion are performed regularly across the country and abroad and are published by Tapspace Publications and drop6 media (via RowLoff). His work for TV broadcast has been aired nationwide on ESPN, CBS, Big Ten Network, and MTV.
Blume earned both Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in percussion performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is an artist endorser for Pearl/Adams, Innovative Percussion, Remo, and Grover Pro Percussion, and he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, ASCAP, and NAfME.