Brian Shanley

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Brian ShanleyBrian has 15 years experience as both a music educator and professional musician. Spending his formative years in North Jersey studying jazz and classical percussion with many NYC based professionals, Brian was awarded the Modern Drummer Magazine Scholarship and performed in NJ Regional and All-State Jazz Ensembles. After completing his bachelor’s degree at James Madison University, he moved to DC and joined the acclaimed indie pop rock outfit Honor By August shortly thereafter.

Through years of recording, touring and navigating the turbulent advent of social media, the band organically grew into a national touring act, playing at venues like The Fillmore West in San Francisco, 9:30 Club and Verizon Center, and sharing the stage directly with artists like Bon Jovi, Imagine Dragons, Third Eye Blind, Switchfoot and Jonny Lang, amongst distinguished others. The band boasted 2 Top 100 radio singles in 2014 independently, second only to the most spun indie group of that year, Mumford and Sons. Brian has also worked with artists such as Pat McGee Band (Warner/Giant), Tony Lucca (The Voice), and LA based Kill The Alarm, along with many others, sharing the stage with the likes of Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw and Bruce Hornsby. As an educator, Brian has taught students of all ages and skill levels in both one on one and classroom settings.

Students from his studio have become members of the VBODA All-Virginia Concert Band, of DCI Drum Corps like Phantom Regiment, and furthered their study at schools such as Shenandoah Conservatory, the University of Virginia, George Mason University and Allegheny College. Whether the focus is on the many styles of drum set, rudimental, orchestral or mallet studies, Brian’s curriculum is catered specifically to the needs and goals of each student. Brian also continues to study actively, most recently with Carter McLean (Broadway’s The Lion King, Charlie Hunter) and industry wide revered author and educator Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Frankie Valli) Brian is endorsed by Innovative Percussion Drumsticks.