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Brian Collins

Brian’s beginning in music started at the young age of 4 when he received his first drum, the djembe, while his family was in Togo West Africa. His parents’ mission work brought him to Nairobi, Kenya, and later to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where he began to learn the drum set. Brian recorded in the studio for the first time at the age of 10 for Vineyard Church and from that time saw his potential for music as a career. After graduating high school, Brian got his first teaching experience with teaching private drum-set lessons at Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, where he graduated high school. From there he went on to study at Berklee College of Music(one of the top 3 music schools in the country). Brian has worked on recording the drum-set, djembe, as well as orchestral percussion for the Nairobi Orchestra, Jaded Morrow, A Distant Boat (film), and many other small ensembles/single performances. As a recent graduate with degrees in Music Business Management and Drum-Set Performance from Berklee College of Music, he is well versed in drumming styles from around the world. Brian specializes in fusion drumming and loves to incorporate layered electronic sounds into his style for modern drumming genres like hip-hop and pop. With extensive knowledge of rhythm as a whole, Brian is great with beginners up to adults seeking to pursue music as a degree, hobby, or career.

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Brian’s Setup

This will give you some understanding of what he plays.


Kit:  DW Frequent Flier

  1. 8″ x 12″  rack tom
  2. 11″ x 14″ floor tom
  3. 12″ x 20″ bass drum
  4. 5″ x 14″ snare drum


  1. Roland Octapad
  2. PDX-12 sample pad
  3. RT-30S and RT-30K acoustic drum triggers

Percussion and other Hardware

  1. DW 5000 Double bass drum pedals
  2. LP Salsa Bell


  1. Meinl Byzanze extra dry 13 inch high-hats
  2. Sabian SB2 5 inch splash
  3. Sabian HHX evolution 16 inch
  4. Sabian HHX Ozone 16 inch
  5. Meinl Byzanze 20 inch medium ride
  6. Zildjian 14 inch A custom fast crash

Drum Heads:

  1. Remo Powerstroke 3
  2. Remo Coated Ambassadors