About

Brian P. Butler has been sharing his musical gifts with audiences in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia for the past 15 years. An accomplished multiple woodwind performer, proficient in numerous styles of music, Brian has studied with some of the most accomplished performers and teachers that the “DMV” has to offer: Garrick Zoeter, clarinet; CMSgt. Joe Eckert (ret.), saxophone; Dr. Noelle Drewes, oboe; Kim Eloshway, flute; Scott Cassada, bassoon

A native of Baltimore, MD, Brian attended Archbishop Curley High School, where he was the 1998 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award, an honor that recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation. Following high school, Brian attended the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University during which time he discovered his love of musical theater, became a re-chartering member of the Nu Psi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and cultivated his passion for learning multiple instruments into a career.

Currently residing in Capitol Heights, MD with his wife, Marissa, and their sons, Brian’s abilities as performer and educator have garnered him the praise of his peers and the love of his students. As an educator, Brian has taught in the Prince George’s County Public Schools for the last 10 years as a Vocal and General Music teacher; he was the Music Director of Archbishop Curley High School’s Blackfriars Theater from 2006 - 2014; and he has taught private saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons for the past 7 years. As a performer, Brian has performed in venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Greenberg Theater, The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, and at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival.

In addition to his freelance work, Brian frequently performs with the charitable and non-profit organizations Musicians of Mercy and The Category 5 Wind Ensemble. Musicians of Mercy is a collective of more than seventy musicians and artists who, through the production of themed concerts, raises money for humanitarian causes. The Category 5 Wind Ensemble was formed in 2011 in order to provide free, high-quality, performances of standard wind ensemble repertoire to audiences that would not normally be exposed to these fine works.

Equipment/Setup:
Flute: Powell Sonare, offset G, B foot

Bb Clarinet: Buffet R-13; Vandoren CL5 mpc; Vandoren Optimum ligature; Vandoren V21, size 3.5+ reeds
Bass Clarinet: Jupiter 673; Clark W. Fobes Nova mpc; Rovner Dark ligature; Vandoren V12, size 3.5 reeds

Alto Saxophone: Buffet 400; Matte finish; Eugene Rousseau JDX7 mpc; Rico H ligature; Vandoren ZZ, size 3.5 reeds
Tenor Saxophone: Buffet 400; Matte finish; Beechler M5S mpc; Rovner Dark ligature; Vandoren ZZ, size 3.5 reeds
Baritone Saxophone: Various Instruments; Eugene Rousseau 4R mpc; Rovner Light ligature; Vandoren Traditional, size 3.0 reeds