Dr. Brian Zator
Dr. Brian Zator is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce, having joined the faculty in 2001. He coordinates all percussion activities including Percussion Ensemble I, II, & III, Drumline, “Panimation” and Pan2 Steel Drum Bands, “Samba Leão” Brazilian Ensemble, undergraduate and graduate applied lessons, and the percussion methods and literature courses. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree 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 or ensemble director, Dr. Zator has performed at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC), the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Convention, the North Texas Keyboard Percussion Symposium, as well as abroad in Brazil, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. He has been a soloist with groups such as the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Baylor Woodwind Quintet, the A&M-Commerce Wind Bands, the Conroe and The Woodlands Symphonies, and with college and high school percussion ensembles around the country. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the A&M-Commerce Wind Ensemble in the spring of 2012.
Dr. Zator and the A&M-Commerce percussion ensemble were one of the three winners of the 2010 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition and performed a showcase concert at PASIC 2010. In 2012 they released “Epic Proportions,” featuring music from their showcase concert. The ensemble also presented a concert at PASIC 2006 featuring works of Minoru Miki and in 2007, released a CD entitled “Sohmon III: New and Unknown Percussion Works of Minoru Miki.”
Dr. Zator has two solo CD’s released on Equilibrium Records: “Zamiki: Music for Solo Marimba” and a chamber-works CD entitled, “Zoomorphs”. He is the primary keyboard artist for the Smartphone app, “Pocket Percussion Teacher”, providing instructional videos for marimba. He is also the author and performer on several iBook publications providing detailed video instructions and full-length performances for popular marimba solos including Yellow After the Rain, Rain Dance, Sea Refractions, and The Tempest. He was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and taught the University of Michigan drumline. Active within the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), he currently serves as the Executive Committee President-Elect. He has also served on the PAS Board of Directors, the Keyboard and Percussion Ensemble Committees, written reviews for Percussive Notes, and has adjudicated the PAS International Percussion Ensemble, Composition, and Solo Marimba competitions. Dr. Zator is proud to be a performing artist and clinician for Dynasty/Bergerault, Innovative Percussion, Evans, Sabian, and Black Swamp.
Frank Chapple is Band Director/ Director of Percussion at Keller High School in Keller, Texas since 2004. As Director of Percussion for Keller High School he is responsible for the education of over 150 percussion students on five campuses ranging in grades from 6th through 12th as well as the Keller High School marching bands, jazz ensembles and Keller Indoor Percussion. Besides working with his own program, Frank is an active clinician and arranger in Texas and around the country. Some of his recent clinics include the 2015 TBA Convention in San Antonio, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M – Commerce University, The Corpus Christi Percussion Showcase, 2016 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Il., TMEA Convention 2017 and has been invited to speak at the Oklahoma Bandmaster’s Association Convention in the summer of 2017.
Frank’s drum corps career began as a marching member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 1990-1993. He stayed in Rockford, Illinois in 1994 to begin his extensive teaching career and was on the percussion staff for the 1996 DCI World Champions. In 1997, he moved to the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps where he filled the dual position of Percussion Coordinator/ Snare Tech for three years and was vital in the building of an elite percussion program in DCI. From 2002-2004, Frank was on the percussion staff with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2005 he returned to the Glassmen for two years as a Percussion Consultant and Snare Tech. From 2007 – 2010 he served as Percussion and Music Ensemble Consultant for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. In that time the percussion section and the corps achieved their highest placements in Carolina Crown history. In 2011 Frank joined the instructional staff at the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and has been there ever since.
In 2015, he released his fundamentals-based percussion curriculum, The Packet, through his own publications company (FECIV Publications). Over the last two years, The Packet has increased in popularity all over the country and the reviews for The Packet have been incredibly positive.
Frank was awarded his Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Bandmaster’s Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. He is also a member of the PAS Marching Committee and is an endorsed educator for Vic Firth, Inc. Dynasty Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Remo Inc.