Brian Fronzaglia (B.S. '02) has been named music department chair at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. He also serves the school as the percussion professor and director of athletic bands.
Brian holds a master’s degree in percussion performance from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in percussion at the Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The American Opera Studio, Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Nittany Valley Symphony, Northland Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble, and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. A part-time member of the group Marimba Sol de Chiapas, he was also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. A founding member of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams “Battering Rams” drum line, Brian is currently the director and arranger of the Kansas City Royals “Royal Thunder Drum Line.”
Formerly, Brian served on the faculties at Penn State University and the Flint Institute of Music. He has been on staff with WGI Independent World Finalists, United Percussion, and Gateway Indoor. He is currently on the staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
He is a Yamaha performing artist/clinician and is also a performing artist/clinician for SABIAN Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. As a performer Brian has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion and has been recorded on numerous labels. His compositions are published through Knight Wind Productions, Yamaha Corporation of America, and Row-Loff Productions.
In addition to his work at Missouri Southern and his clinician work with Yamaha, Brian serves as artistic director of Pro Musica, a concert presenting organization in the Joplin area.