Brian

Instrument: Guitar

Other band affiliations:
The Haberdashers
Spider Nick and the Maddogs

Brian is the guitarist and principal music arranger for The Pandemics. Spending countless hours arranging all of the parts for the Pandemics, as well as contributing his own compositions, his style blends many of the elements of first and second wave ska, jazz, and, to a lesser extent, the raw energy of the punk rock he grew up on. His goal musically is to evolve personally and as a band, blending all these styles into a unique brand of ska music. His influences range from The Skatalites to the Specials and Bad Manners to the exciting jazz sound of Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane and Miles, and even to the classical styles of Copland and Stravinsky. Aside from dedicating much of his time to The Pandemics, Brian is also a certified music teacher, currently employed as a high school band director. Here he takes the energy and love of music displayed so often in his compositions, arrangements, and performances with The Pandemics and tries to instill that musical passion on future generations. He also uses his composing and arranging skills in other areas, having written a number of classical and big band jazz pieces for larger ensembles.

Flavor: That’s a stupid question.