About Brandon Bell
Houston-based percussionist Brandon Bell is active as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. He is the marketing and operations manager for AFA (formerly "American Festival for the Arts"), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He is also adjunct instructor at Lone Star College-Tomball and Houston Community College (Central Campus).
A fierce advocate of the music of our time, Bell used the 2014 Presser Graduate Music Award to fund "Plugged In", a commissioning project that resulted in five new works for solo percussion and interactive technologies. He has also performed electronic works at numerous conventions and festivals, including PASIC, Electric LaTex, Null Point, Root Signals, Houston Fringe Festival, and ICMC. In addition, Bell produced and performed in the Houston premieres of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, and Michael Gordon’s Timber.
In addition to performing, Bell has also taught at numerous Houston-area colleges and universities, including Rice University, Lone Star College-Cyfair, and Sam Houston State University, where he served as the acting director of percussion studies as a sabbatical replacement during the spring 2015 semester. As a young artist with Da Camera for two seasons, Bell worked with hundreds of children in elementary schools throughout Houston.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Bell received a Master of Music degree from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. From 2012-15, Bell spent his summers in Aspen, Colorado, where he was the percussion manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School.