ABOUT THE COMPOSER

 

Brian Adam McCune Molano (b. 1983) is a Colombian-American composer born in West Virginia and raised in Durham, North Carolina.  His music has been played all over the United States; from high school band rooms to the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York to countless venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is a graduate of Mannes College The New School for Music, receiving a Master's degree in Music Composition. 

 

Mr. McCune is a founding member the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, serving as a percussionist and arranger.  He has performed on stage at The Independent in San Franscisco and the Fox Theater in Oakland.  

 

Since November of 2010, Mr. McCune has lived primarily in the world of video game development, playing a key role in Ubisoft's Rocksmith franchise.  In February of 2012, he took over the managerial role for the team of musicians who transcribe (and level) all of the licensed music in the game.  To date, Mr. McCune has overseen over 600 transcriptions.

 

Mr. McCune has a passion for teaching.  Over the past several years, he has established himself as a valuable resource for percussion education in North Carolina, with over 200 students benefiting from his tutelage.  He is often hired as a guest clinician and adjudicator, and most recently as a graduate-level instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, teaching a course on Film Music History.

 

At Mannes, he studied primarily with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec.  In his time in New York, he studied regularly with Keith Fitch, and also benefited from lessons with Jennifer Higdon and Christopher Theofanidis.  Mr. McCune received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with concentrations both in percussion performance and jazz studies. 

 

In the spring of 2003, he attended the Pražská konzervatoř in Prague, Czech Republic.  There, he served as a concert percussionist while studying jazz vibraphone under Radek Krampl.  His studies at the conservatory culminated with a concert tour of Hungary and Austria.

 

As a student of jazz vibraphone, Mr. McCune's curriculum centered on the history of bebop and the jazz styles of the 1940s and 1950s.  While in North Carolina, he studied jazz with James Ketch, Scott Warner, John Brown, Wally West, Ed Paolantonio, Stephen Anderson.

 

Despite spending many of his early years studying violin, piano, and double bass, a bulk of his musical experience came from the world of wind ensembles as a percussionist and tubist.  He has also performed in a variety of ensembles on trumpet, euphonium, and horn.  In his years at UNC-Chapel Hill, he studied concert percussion performance with nationally-renowned percussion composer Lynn Glassock, and composition with Allen Anderson. 

 

Mr. McCune is a professional arranger and copyist, with a specialization in wind arranging and percussion composition for competitive marching bands across the country.  He has studied battery percussion composition under famed drum arranger/instructor Matt Savage.

 

His recent compositions include works for string quintet, marimba quartet, tuba euphonium quartet, percussion ensemble, and several works for wind ensemble.  Trinity, his three-movement work for saxophone quartet is his most performed composition to date.

 

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