Brian Zator is the Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His responsibilities include the classical and marching percussion ensembles, the "Panimation" steel drum band, undergraduate and graduate applied lessons, and the percussion methods course. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from 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.
As a marimba/percussion soloist, he has performed with the Conroe and The Woodlands Symphonies, with the Texas A&M-Commerce Symphonic Band, and at several Texas Day of Percussion events. Guest solo appearances have included the Birdville H.S. Percussion Ensemble at PASIC and with the Texas A&M-Commerce Wind Ensemble at the CBDNA national conference. Zator was also one of the soloists with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony at PASIC 2006. He is active giving clinics and concerts at various colleges, high schools and state festivals, as well as the Texas Music Educator's Association convention, the California Band Directors Association convention, and the Winter Music Festival in Vale Veneto, Brazil. Zator presented a showcase concert at PASIC 2006 featuring new and unknown works of Minoru Miki and through these efforts, Go Fish Music now publishes six of Miki's percussion works.
He has performed with an assortment of percussion ensembles including Keiko Abe and Ensemble Clair, Primary Colors, the Bain Percussion Group, and the Michigan Percussion Group. Additionally, he is the principal timpanist and percussionist with the Northeast Texas Symphony. He was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and taught the University of Michigan drumline. Active within the Percussive Arts Society, he is secretary for the Texas chapter, serves on the International Keyboard Committee and provides reviews for Percussive Notes. Zator has two keyboard ensemble arrangements published by Go Fish Music: "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Cassiopeia Marimbana by Minoru Miki. He is proud to be a Dynasty and Innovative Percussion performing artist and clinician.