Brian Malone began studying percussion at the age of nine after banging on trashcans in his parents garage. Since then, Brian has become one of the most versatile percussionists and educators in the mid-west. He has performed from New York, to the Kennedy Center, to South America, and with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Don Rickles, Andy Narell, bassist Bootsy Collins, and xylophone virtuoso Ian Finkel.
Brian is currently assistant principal percussionist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestral engagements include the Festival Marimba Orchestra (NY), Richmond Symphony (IN), Hamilton-Fairfield Orchestra, Blue Ash Symphony, Musica Sacre, Sorg/ Whitewater Opera Company, Sounds of Sousa Band and extra with the Cincinnati Ballet and Opera Orchestras.
As a free-lance performer on drumset, Brian has recorded and performed with the rock groups odd man out, Acumen, and Twelve Angry Men as well as numerous studio sessions. He performs regularly with the Cincinnati Men's Chorus, and is in demand for engagements throughout the tri-state. He performed for four seasons at Paramount's Kings Island theme park and sailed the world while playing drumset for Holland America and Seabourn Cruise Lines.
In theater, Brian worked with play-write Martin Charnin on the premiere of the revised Two By Two at Cumberland County Playhouse (TN), and with David Kisor on productions at the Cincinnati Children's Theater. He has also been in the orchestra at The Showboat Majestic, Murry's Dinner Playhouse (AR), KNOW Theater, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
As a pannist, Brian has worked with Ray Holman, Ken "Professor" Philmore, and Tom Miller. For 8 years, Brian was director of the Over-the-Rhine Steel Drum Band. Under his direction, the group received 1997 and 1998 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the "Best Reggae/ World Beat/ Ska" category, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and released two acclaimed recordings: Collaborama and Let's Play it Again... Brian continues his leadership with the Bacchanal Steel Band, a four-piece group that performs in over 100 educational programs, concerts, and private events annually, and recently released it's first recording, entitled Standard.
As an educator, Brian is active with Artlinks, Cincinnati Arts Association Artist on Tour, Kentucky Center for the Arts, United Arts of Raleigh NC, and has been a guest instructor at the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University and many local elementary, junior high and high schools.
Brian received his Master's Degree in Percussion Performance at Miami University and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied with the Percussion Group/Cincinnati. Brian graduated from Greenhills High School, where he astounded everyone with his ability to play "We Got the Beat" at 200 beats/minute during pep band with a broken arm.