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Piece Title : Thief
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Level : High School/ College
Composer / Arranger : Nozny, Brian
Composer / Arranger Details:

Brian Nozny’s career as a percussionist and composer spans a wide array of musical styles, including classical, jazz, world, and popular genres. His original works and arrangements have been performed at respected academic institutions such as Northwestern University, the University of South Carolina, and Florida State University. Notable ensembles that have premiered Nozny’s compositions include the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble, the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble, and NEXUS. Brian’s most recent commission, an original work for percussion sextet, Sharps, was premiered by the Denkyem Percussion Group on their tour of Costa Rica in March of 2010. Brian’s compositions have been published by Innovative Percussion and Drop 6 Media.

As a percussionist, Nozny’s skill is versatile. He has performed in an orchestral capacity with many orchestras such as the Macon Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves as the Principal Percussionist with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. His excursions into contemporary chamber music have included collaborations with groups such as the Bravura Percussion Trio and the nief-norf project. He has given solo recitals in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, and Virginia.

Brian’s extensive teaching experience includes positions both in the United States and abroad. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Brian served as a faculty member for the Music for All Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois, and was a percussion consultant for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission in Kingston, Jamaica in 2007. From 2009 – 2010 Brian was a staff member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently Brian is the Assistant Professor of Percussion / Assistant Director of Bands at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND.

Nozny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and Master’s degrees in Composition and Performance from the University of Miami and the University of North Texas respectively. He is currently nearing completion of his Doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky. His primary percussion teachers include James Campbell, John Willmarth, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, and Ney Rosauro; his compositional training has benefited from study with Jon Nelson, Don Wilson, and Jon Polifrone.

Brian is proud to be endorsed by Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, and SABIAN Cymbals.


“Brian is a leader in a generation of eclectic musicians. I find him to be an expressive performer, intuitive pedagogue, and gifted composer. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with him!”

James Campbell - Professor of Music, Director of Percussion Studies - University of Kentucky

“Brian is a very special talent — great player, singular composer, fluent in a wide variety of technologies and genres, and terrific colleague. I have had the pleasure of working with him in an assortment of professional settings and look forward to future collaborations.”

John W. Parks IV, D.M.A. - Assistant Professor of Percussion - Florida State University

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Brian on several projects and have always been impressed with his professionalism and attention to detail. He is an excellent composer and I have personally programmed two of his works in the past few years. In addition, his presentations to students have tremendous pedagogical and professional value.”

Scott Herring - Associate Professor of Percussion - The University of South Carolina

“I met Brian at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, where he was finishing his DMA . He prepared some of my compositions for performance and we had some time to talk. I liked Brian and asked if he’d be interested in arranging for Nexus a recently published piano solo based on an early oil painting by John Cage. Brian agreed, completed the work, and Nexus has performed “Chess Pieces” on several occasions. It is marvelously orchestrated; a most welcomed addition to the Western Percussion Ensemble literature.”

Robin Engelman - Composer, conductor and author - Nexus member emeritus

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo
Instrumentation : Metal Pipe/Plate (x8)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5 Octave Marimba, Pipes = B4, D5, E5, F#5, G5, A5, B5, C#6,
Written for / Commissioned by : Omar Carmenates
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2009 /  2009
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :Tuned Metal Pipes
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The focus of Thief is the melding of the natural with the artificial.  When this work was originally commissioned by Omar Carmenates, his request was for a piece for solo percussion where ideas of the environment and environmentalism were represented.  By using the man-made metal pipes in tandem with the natural rosewood marimba bars, I was able to create a soundscape that combined natural elements and man-made elements into a single homogenous instrument; something that I feel is one of the core aspects of environmentalism, the co-existence of man-made and natural materials.

Along with these ideas of combining the metal and wood sounds of these instruments, I began to wonder about using the idea of recycling in the piece, specifically applying it to the musical material.  I have been lucky through the years to build friendships with both Christopher Deane and David Skidmore, two of the other composers involved in this project, and this provided me with the perfect opportunity to run with this idea of recycling musical ideas.  I selected a piece from both Chris (his marimba quartet Vespertine Formation) and David (his percussion ensemble piece Whispers), and used main themes from those works as my themes for Thief, hence where the title of the piece comes from.  My thanks to both Chris and David for their understanding and sense of humor with this, since I never told them about using their materials until just before the premier of the work.

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