Brian Drye

Community Music School Director

For over a decade, Brian has been a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall where he has worked across the city in partnerships as diverse as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Perlman American Roots Program and Arts Achieve. In 2016 Brian joined the Juilliard School as a music specialist where he facilitates music educators in implementing a Juilliard based curriculum in their schools. Brian offers professional development for teachers in composition, engagement and creative practice. For over 18 years, Brian has maintained a private studio for trombone, piano and theory to students of all ages and experience. He is a teaching artist for The Little Orchestra Society, where he has developed resources for students to experience composition and Bridge Arts which brings high quality music and workshops to underserved areas in upstate NY. Brian has developed community workshops in homeless shelters, prisons, museums and underserved schools where he focuses on composition and improvisation as a tool for opening creativity and building community. At Carnegie Hall he developed and filmed resources for the Music Educators Toolkit (an online resource for music teachers).

Brian is proud to be joining the Brooklyn Conservatory in the spring of 2017 as the Program Director at the Community Music School.

Brian has been a consistent member of the lower brass sections of balkan brass juggernauts Slavic Soul Party! and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars, Banda De Los Muertos, a Mexican Banda, The Brooklyn Qwaali Party dedicated to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn and the Brazilian groups Maracatu NY and Nation Beat. These diverse influences from Eastern Europe to the Northeast of Brazil and beyond have had a lasting influence on Brian’s approach to improvisation and composition.

As a jazz trombonist Brian has performed with Hank Roberts Sextet, Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee, Medeski Martin and WoodSteven Bernstein (Sex Mob), jazz legend Clark TerryAndrew D’Angelo’s DNA Big Band, Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/ Bill Goodwin and Mark HeliasPetr Cancura’s Down Home (Mississippi Roots), Marcus Rojas’s Brass Band, Matt Darriau‘s Jewish Jazz Project and the Wood Brothers. Brian has performed and collaborated with celebrated experimental composer Annie Gosfield, performance artist Laurie Anderson and was featured in Andy Biskin’s Goldberg Variations at BAM and Bang On A Can’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Lincoln Center with the Asphalt Orchestra. In 2016 Brian made his theatre debut, performing trombone in the cast of Hadestown at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Brian spent his formative years touring the nation with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,  crooner Paul Anka and The Four Tops. He has performed and recorded on both piano and trombone with Tony award winner Stew (Passing Strange) from Stew and the Negro Problem.

In 2008, Brian developed a multi purpose performance and rehearsal space, Ibeam Brooklyn which has become a home for creative music in the burgeoning arts and entertainment scene in Gowanus. Through Ibeam Brooklyn, Brian has hosted a who’s who in the downtown and creative music scene, providing a home for up and coming and established artists. Since 2013, Brian has performed weekly as the jazz pianist in the Crooked Trio at Barbes Brooklyn.