Brian Derek

Adjunct Professor
Department of Music
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Areas of Expertise:

Electric bass technique
Jazz harmony, theory and improvisation

Degrees Earned:

Studied professional performance, and jazz improvisation, composition, arranging, orchestration and conducting at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

Work History:

Bass player, The Brubeck Brothers

Jazz guitarist, Mike Stern

Jazz guitarist/composer, Pat Metheny

Drummer, Peter Erskine, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash), Jay McShann, The 5th Dimension, Neil Sedaka and the Platters with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Recorded with various artists in Chicago and the Midwest

Played live music gigs including off-Broadway shows, cruise ships and jazz clubs