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Dr. Brant Blackard

Dr. Brant Blackard is an active performer, educator, composer and arranger. His arrangements of classical repertoire for percussion ensemble have been performed at institutions such as the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music while his original compositions have had recent premieres at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Missouri University, Virginia Tech University, and the University of North Florida. 


Brant has performed internationally as a soloist and with chamber groups such as the Alla Ballena Ensemble and the Zohn Collective. His recent solo performances include performances in Guanajuato and Mexico City, Mexico. As part of the Frozen Earth Duo with Connor Stevens, he has toured extensively, performing and presenting at the Ontario PAS Day of Percussion and the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar. Brant has also retained his love of metal drumming and continues to play regularly.


Brant Blackard received his DMA and MM Degrees from the Eastman School of Music along with the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and Milton Schlesinger Prize, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the University of Central Arkansas. He is currently on faculty at Jacksonville State University and Talladega College.


Brant is an endorser and performing artist of Malletech instruments and mallets.

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