Division: Brass & Percussion Performance
Position: Assistant Professor (Joining Fall 2018)
Darren Bastian will join the music faculty at Brigham Young University in August 2018 as Assistant Professor of Percussion. He is a proud alumnus of BYU and is excited to be a part of the BYU School of Music.
Dr. Bastian’s teaching experience includes both higher education and secondary schools. He served as percussion faculty at Utah Valley University from 2010 to 2012. While there, he was the director of the UVU Percussion Ensemble, the UVU Steel Band, and the Screamin’ Green Pep Band. As a graduate student, he also taught several classes and lessons at the University of North Texas. While there, he directed the UNT Undergraduate Percussion Ensemble. Most recently, he has been serving as the Director of Percussion at Lone Peak High School and Mountain Ridge Junior High. Dr. Bastian loves teaching and seeing the impact it has at all levels.
One of his teaching ventures was the development of a small business, Drum Labs. This business was a for-profit drum and percussion academy that combined private lessons with percussion ensembles. Drum Labs ensembles provided a fun and energetic environment where young percussionists could improve musicianship skills through performance.
As a performer, Dr. Bastian has worked with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West Orchestra, Utah Wind Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and others. His own Drum Labs Steel Band also performs for private and corporate functions. He has served as timpanist and co-section leader for the Utah Wind Symphony. He has experience performing in both classical and jazz ensembles.
Dr. Bastian has been fortunate to study with many distinguished mentors. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University. He has studied with three past presidents of the Percussive Arts Society: Gary Cook, Mark Ford, and Dr. Robert Schietroma; as well as other renowned music educators such as Norman Weinberg, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Mike Steinel, Dr. Ron Brough, and Jay Lawrence. In addition, Dr. Bastian also undertook some post-doctoral studies in the Woodbury School of Business at UVU.
Dr. Bastian looks forward to serving the BYU student body and community with this new opportunity.
DMA, University of Arizona
MM, University of North Texas
BM, Brigham Young University