About Brady Spitz
Dr. Brady Spitz is a percussionist, timpanist, and educator based in Houston, Texas. He is currently on faculty at Houston Baptist University and Houston Community College. Dr. Spitz has appeared with all of the city’s major classical music, chamber music, and musical theatre organizations, including the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera. Additionally, he has appeared with orchestras in Honolulu, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and New Orleans. He has also appeared as Principal Timpanist with the Amarillo and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras. As a freelance percussionist and drum set artist, Dr. Spitz maintains regular performances with several large and small jazz ensembles, an active music theatre schedule, and has appeared on stage alongside artists such as Idina Menzel, Weird Al Yankovic, and The Who. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including Claire Chase, Mario Davidovsky, and Percussion Group Cincinnati. His new ensemble Sonic Boom is working to create a repertoire for organ and percussion where very little has existed before, yielding engagements with the Auckland Town Hall Organ Recital Series in Auckland, New Zealand.
He has given performances and clinics across the United States, as well as performing at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions in 2005, 2008, and as a featured soloist with Hamiruge’s 2009 appearance. The Houston Baptist University Gamelan, under Dr. Spitz’s leadership, made its debut appearance at PASIC in 2019. He maintains an active research interest in Lou Harrison’s American Gamelan repertoire and the American Gamelan movement.
Previously, he was the front ensemble director and co-designer for the nationally-recognized Northshore High School Indoor Percussion Program, a group that won four consecutive Texas State Championships, multiple WGI Regional Championships, and was a World Class Finalist at the 2014 WGI World Championships. He is also an accomplished private instructor and clinician. His full-time studio of students place highly in all of the state-wide solo competitions, receive consistent Superior Division UIL ratings in both solo and ensemble playing, and audition into some of the top colleges and conservatories in the nation.
Dr. Spitz holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University, where he was awarded the Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Teaching Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion, magna cum laude, from the University of North Texas College of Music and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Louisiana State University. His teachers include Matthew Strauss, Richard Brown, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Brett William Dietz, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Jim Atwood, Jose Aponte, Poovalur Sriji, and Ed Smith.
Mr. Spitz is an endorser of Innovative Percussion and Black Swamp Percussion.