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Percussionist Brant Roberts on xylophone Nief Norf

Brant Roberts b. 1991

Percussionist / Educator




About Brant.

Brant Roberts is a freelance percussionist and music educator currently living in Champaign, IL where he is finishing his DMA in percussion performance and Literature at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He recently obtained his M.M. in percussion performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and holds a B.S. in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has performed with many orchestras including Sinfonia de Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Bravura Philharmonic, Garden State Philharmonic, and Danville Symphony Orchestra. 


Accompanying modern dance played a large role in his freelance career and he has worked at Rutgers University, The Martha Graham School in NYC, Peridance Center, and The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has also recorded numerous tracks for dancers and written accompaniment for full-length choreography.


Roberts is a strong advocate for new music and contemporary performance. He has participated in many commissioning projects and debut performances. In April of 2022, he premiered a new marimba work by Jiwon Hahn written for him. He has participated in the Nief-Norf Contemporary Music Festival multiple times.


Roberts has many years of teaching experience both privately and in public school/studio settings. Currently, he has a robust studio of private students and works with groups in Urbana-Champaign. As an educator, Roberts is most valued for his ability to teach any specialty of percussion that students may choose including drum set, classical percussion, hand percussion/non-western percussion, and more.

Academic Experience




University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Part-time Lecturer in percussion education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

graduate teaching assistant in percussion

Rutgers University The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Co-adjunct lecturer in percussion

Orchestral Experience 







Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Champaign, IL

Section Percussion

Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign, IL

Section Percussion

Danville Symphony Orchestra, Danville, IL

Principal Timpani

Bravura Philharmonic, Princeton, NJ

Principal Timpani

Garden State Philharmonic, Ocean County, NJ

Principal Timpani

Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Altoona, PA

Section Percussion

Other Musical Employment






University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dance Department, Champaign, IL

Dance accompanist

Martha Graham Dance Company, NYC, NY

Staff musician

Peridance Studios, NYC, NY

Substitute dance accompanist

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dance accompanist

Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, New Brunswick, NJ

Percussion ensemble director

Awards & Presentations





Mason Gross School of the Arts Chamber Music Contest Winner

Ohm Duo - Gareth Farr Kembang Suling

Undergraduate Scholar's Forum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Presentation: The Marimba/Vibraphone Duo: History and Evolution

Awarded Overall Best Presentation in College of Fine Arts

Undergraduate Scholar's Forum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Presentation: Perfrming on the Marimba: From Bach to Abe

First runner-up, Delta Omicron Solo Competition, Indiana, PA

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