Bryan Jeffs is a percussionist, educator and general musical tinkerer. As a composer he creates numerous works for percussion utilizing both traditional and graphic notation while also employing a variety of physical media. His compositions and performances evoke a sense of lighthearted playfulness balanced with complexity and technical demand. This is best exemplified in his “Rebel Frog” trilogy for large percussion ensemble.
Some notable festival appearances include the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Northwest Percussion Festival, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, The Oregon Fringe Festival and numerous Day of Percussion events around the Pacific Northwest. His piece Contactual Constellations, a graphic score with the notation printed directly onto drum heads, was premiered at PASIC in 2014. Recently, a new graphic score Ashland, Oregon, was commissioned by the Oregon Fringe Festival and premiered in May 2016.
In 2007, Bryan graduated from Southern Oregon University, where while studying under Dr. Terry Longshore, he earned Bachelor’s degrees in music performance and music education. Following that, he earned his Master’s degree in percussion performance while studying under Dr. Daniel Kennedy at California State University, Sacramento.
Currently Bryan serves as the Music Department Coordinator at Rogue Community College where he teaches a variety of music courses and directs the RCC Hand Drum Ensemble. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University where he teaches percussion and assists in the direction of the SOU Percussion Ensemble in addition to teaching multiple music courses. Bryan is an educational artist for Remo Drumheads and Vic Firth sticks and mallets as well as a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network.
Photo Credit: Larry Chamberlain