Brian was born in Pittsburgh, PA to musician parents. His love affair with drums began at age three, and it was at that time his parents realized they had a prodigy on their hands. Brian came up in the strong Pittsburgh tradition of jazz, and decided to follow in the footsteps of great Pittsburgh drummers like Kenny Clark, Art Blakey, Joe Harris, and Roger Humphries. In his teens he attended the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts where he studied on Roger Humphries. It was also around this time that he started to expand his abilities by diving into Drum and Bugle Corps, Fusion, and R&B.
Upon graduating high school, he attended Duquesne University where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Lenny Rodgers. While studying at Duquesne, Brian began quickly building a reputation for being quite a “player,” and was soon getting calls from Pittsburgh greats like Kenny Blake, David and Maureen Budway, Dwayne Dolphin, Jimmy Poner, Eric Kloss, Dakota Staton, Moder Times, Dan Aliquo Sr., and Tommy Janflone Sr.
After leaving Duquesne, Brian embarked on a touring and recording career that has taken him to Europe and Japan numerous times. He has played most major European venues including Wembley Arena and Royal Albert Hall in performances for the Royal family. He also has several American and European television appearances under his belt, some of which include: MTV Europe, BET on Jazz Live @ The Dome – Berlin, Live on Q, Halloween Live w / Jenny Jones. Brian’s international recording debut was on Jesse Johnson’s CD, Bare My Naked Soul. His second international release was his own CD, The Theorical Journey.
Besides being an in demand drummer, Brian is a composer, producer, and author of three books on drum technique and style. He is not your ordinary drummer, but rather he is a visionary and music powerhouse that has to be experienced to be believed.