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Brian was born into a musical family in the strange, beautiful, semi-isolated, and green-chile-saturated city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Originally inspired by music from childhood cartoons and video games, he soon developed a fascination for rock, pop, jazz, and funk music by the likes of the Police, Parliament/Funkadelic, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock. By high school he was playing guitar and bass in rock bands, piano and saxophone in jazz and funk bands, and clarinet in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.

While attending the University of North Texas College of Music jazz studies program, Brian recorded and toured internationally with the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and won Down Beat Magazine awards as a soloist and band leader. He developed friendships within the UNT community that would eventually evolve into the Grammy-winning group Snarky Puppy under the direction of Michael League. He also worked with prominent members of the Dallas music scene including Robert “Sput” Searight (Snoop Dogg/Kendrick Lamar), Bernard Wright (Roberta Flack/Wayne Shorter), Shaun Martin (Kirk Franklin/Kim Burrell), TaRon Lockett (Erykah Badu/Funk Apostles), Caleb Sean McCampbell (Beyonce/The Funky Knuckles), Wes Stephenson (Erykah Badu/The Funky Knuckles), and Bobby Sparks (Prince/Roy Hargrove/Marcus Miller).

After composing music for and performing on three Snarky Puppy albums, Brian moved from Dallas to Austin and spent several years as a touring and session musician while forming and developing his own group, Progger. He currently serves as Progger’s band leader, saxophonist, keyboardist, and primary composer.

In 2013, Brian relocated to New York City while keeping ties to Austin and Dallas strong. In 2016, Progger released its third record, “Scattering,” on Ropeadope Records. Well-loved by critics and fans upon its release, "Scattering" continues to garner praise in publications and podcasts in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Progger's eagerly-anticipated fourth album, "Dystopia," was released on March 9, 2018, also through Ropeadope Records and to considerable buzz in the international jazz, funk, and fusion communities.

In addition to Progger and Snarky Puppy, Brian has performed and recorded with many critically acclaimed artists including Okkervil River, Myron Butler & Levi, Nelo, Bill Laurance, The ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra, and The MK Groove Orchestra. He has performed with jazz legends including Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Pete Christlieb, Bill Holman, Jason Marsalis, and John Ellis, among many more. Brian is highly sought-after as a session musician, arranger, composer, and producer, and his compositions appear in multimedia productions around the world.