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Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning
composer, conductor, producer, and performer.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from
James Madison University and a master’s
degree from the University of Miami in Florida.
His compositions have been performed worldwide
at the state, national and international level.
His active schedule of commissions and premieres
has incorporated groups ranging from elementary
schools to professional ensembles, including the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra,
University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass,
and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. In 2012, Mr.
Balmages received the prestigious Albert Austin
Harding Award from the American School Band Directors
Association. He is also a 2010 winner of the Harvey
G. Phillips Award for Compositional Excellence,
presented by the International Tuba-Euphonium
As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys engagements
with numerous all-state and regional honor bands
and orchestras along with university and professional
groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have
included the Midwest Clinic, Western International
Band Clinic, National Association for Music Educators,
American School Band Directors Association, CBDNA,
the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
He has also served as an adjunct professor of
instrumental conducting and Acting Symphonic Band
Director at Towson University in Maryland.
Currently, Mr. Balmages is the Director of Instrumental
Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Baltimore
with his wife Lisa and their two sons.
Visit Brian's website: www.brianbalmages.com
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