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Brian Blume

Assistant Professor of Percussion bcblume@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BM in Percussion Performance, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
MM in Percussion Performance, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Biography

In fall 2013, Professor Brian Blume joined the highly credentialed faculty of Southeastern University. A percussionist, composer and educator, he is known nationally and internationally for his exceptional skill and creativity. A native of Logansport, Indiana, Professor Blume has served as a percussionist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony and Bloomington Camerata Orchestra. However, his performance experiences transcend far beyond orchestral playing and include solo marimba and percussion, new music performances, electronic music, studio recording and drum corps. In 2012, he performed in the Super Bowl before 112 million viewers worldwide alongside Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, CeeLo Green and others.

Locally, Professor Blume works with high school percussionists in both public and private schools. He relishes the opportunity to perform and has made himself known quickly, performing marimba, including his own composition of Unforced Rhythms, this past November at L’Automne: A Musical Harvest for the Lake Wales Arts Council.

Professor Blume’s major teachers of influence include Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, Anthony Cirone, Gerald Carlyss and Brent Montgomery. He earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Southeastern University, Professor Blume is an active composer, arranger, clinician and adjudicator. He has received numerous commissions and has works published by Tapspace Publications, PercMaster Publications and drop6 media Inc. While teaching at Center Grove High School in Indiana, he led their percussion ensemble to earn invitations to the Midwest Clinic and Percussion Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) as well as a bronze medal at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships. He has taught several drum corps, including Indiana University’s Marching Hundred drum line.

Dr. Craig Collins, dean of the College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University, stated that “Brian Blume is the perfect fit for advancing our percussion program, as he has skill sets for both concert and marching percussion. He is an extraordinary performer and educator, and has incredible vision. He was instrumental in unveiling the SEU drum line in the fall of 2014.”

Professor Blume states, “I feel incredibly blessed to be here among outstanding faculty, building upon the strong foundations of the music and percussion programs, and expanding the horizons of our students.”

Professor Blume’s debut album, Let It Snow, released in November 2012. Click here to find it on iTunes.