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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

Dr. Brian Zator

Brian Zator

Percussion: Studio Website

Dr. Brian Zator is the Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce, having joined the faculty in 2001, and holds degrees from Baylor University, the University of Michigan and the University of North Texas.  He is also a student of world-renowned marimba artist, Keiko Abe, having performed and studied with her in Japan. Dr. Zator has performed at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC), conventions and festivals across the United States, at Carnegie Hall, and abroad in Brazil, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. He has two solo CD’s released on Equilibrium Records: “Zamiki: Music for Solo Marimba” and a chamber-works CD entitled, “Zoomorphs”.

 Dr. Zator and the A&M-Commerce percussion ensemble were one of the three winners of the prestigious 2010 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition and performed a showcase concert at PASIC 2010.  The ensemble also presented a concert at PASIC 2006, featuring works of Minoru Miki, and has released two CD’s since 2007.

 Active within the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), he currently serves as the Executive Committee President-Elect. He has also served as Secretary, on the Board of Directors, the Keyboard and Percussion Ensemble Committees, written reviews for Percussive Notes, and has adjudicated the PAS International Percussion Ensemble and Composition Competitions. Providing instructional videos for marimba, Dr. Zator is the primary keyboard artist for the Smartphone app and iBook publications, Pocket Percussion Teacher. He was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1994-1996 and taught the University of Michigan drumline. Dr. Zator is a performing artist and clinician for Dynasty/Bergerault, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, Evans, and Black Swamp Percussion.