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Colin J. Brien

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Colin J. Brien


Colin Brien (b. 1981, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is an American composer and teacher.

Brien, along with his family, moved to Idaho in 1992. He began studying piano at the age of seven and violin and horn at 12. Colin received his graduate degree at Western Illinois University in wind conducting under Michael Fansler and horn under Dr. Randall E. Faust. Prior to enrolling at WIU, Colin received his undergraduate degree in music education from Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. While at ISU he studied composition with Dr. Jett Hitt and Dr. Thom Ritter George and horn with Craig Knutson. Colin was the recipient of the outstanding composition student award twice during his undergraduate career. He also conducted two world-premiere performances of his compositions: The West, with the ISU Symphonic Band, and The Lewis and Clark Expedition commissioned by the Century High School Band and Singers.

After receiving his B.M.E. from ISU, Colin held the position of director of bands at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot, ID, from 2004 to 2006. In addition to teaching 7th and 8th grade concert bands, he also co-taught the beginning 6th grade band, percussion ensemble and the Blackfoot High School Marching Broncos. While director at Mountain View, Colin conducted several high school and middle school honor bands in the area.

Mr. Brien is currently [2019] director of bands at Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho.

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