Randy Brush is a former professional musician currently living in Batesville, AR..
In his professional career, he has performed in a variety of settings that included joint concerts with the Portugese Air Force Band in the Azores Islands, performances for the White House Cabinet, outdoor concerts in Venezuela with Up With People Cast "B", and performing the "1812 Overture" under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. He has taught jazz drumset at the prestigious Sounds of Joy Music Studios in Manhattan, which is now part of The Drummers Collective. He has also given drumset clinics around the country for different organizations focusing on jazz styles and improvisation.
As a kid, there were the requiste rudimental drum contests, as well the normal parade of symphonic bands and orchestras. He also was fortunate enough to play drums for a show group called "The Bright Side" led by San Diego's own Don Ward, which deeply influenced his playing style, because of Don's love of integrating the drumset and the tap dancers. Other people in the group at that time included Kelly Ward (Don's son) of "Grease" fame, and Brian Stokes-Mitchell (Tony Award Winner, "Ragtime").
On the lighter side, he attended San Diego's infamous Clairemont High School ("Fast Times at Ridgement High, look it up!) and lived next door to comedienne Mo Gaffney for a time.
In 2005, his wife Kim's job in educational administration took them to Grinnell College in Iowa, where they would spend the next 4 years living in Loose Residence Hall with the students. Kim was recently promoted to Associate Director of Residence Life at the Grinnell College, so they will be in Iowa for at least another year.
Randy has been playing with a variety of ensembles at Grinnell College for the last four years, including the Grinnell College Percussion Ensemble, Grinnell College Symphonic Band, Grinnell College Symphonic Orchestra, and a bakers-dozen of other ensembles in support of campus musical groups. Grinnell's musical culture supports many types of groups and ideas.
In 2008, Randy, Mark Root-Wiley, and Mallory Inman formed "Triangle", an independent percussion trio which wrote all their own music and performed frequently on the Grinnell College campus.
In 2005 he co-founded "Jazz Night" at Bobs Underground Cafe' in Grinnell, which has had a loyal following for the last four years, as well as proving a terrific training ground for young musicians looking to hone their jazz chops.
Now he and Kim have moved to Batesville, AR...home of Lyon College where his wife Kim is the new Director of Campus Life.