Brian Fullen has been a veteran drummer in the Nashville music scene for several years, including world tours with SheDaisy, Shania Twain, Bob Carlisle, Peter Frampton, Allies and The Imperials. He has also performed extensively with the artists Vince Gill, Sierra, Larry Carlton, Andy Griggs, Jamie Slocum, Lorrie Morgan, Paul Brandt, Tracy Nelson, Pete Huttlinger (www.petehuttlinger.com) and Identical Strangers, among others. As a first call session musician, he keeps a busy recording schedule, playing on hundreds of tracks each year. His versatility as a drummer and percussionist has landed him recording dates with top artists such as Bob Carlisle, Kathy Mattea, Mark Collie, hit record producer David Z., John Berry, SheDaisy, Jamie Slocum, Aubrey Collins, legendary blues artist Tracy Nelson, Identical Strangers, Allies, The Nobody’s, Word Records, United Methodist Publishing, Sony, Curb, MCA, Provident, BMG and EMI Music Groups. He can also be heard on the Jack Frost movie soundtrack, commercials for the Fox Network, Chevrolet, The Wild Horse Saloon and UPN, among others.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Brian began studying music at an early age. At 15, he became very busy playing drums professionally, and in 1979 entered Capital University, studying under Bob Breithaupt. While actively performing in three of the Capital University’s ensembles, he won awards at the Ohio State University and Cuyahoga Community College jazz festivals. After completing his studies at Capital, Fullen served as the house drummer for Gracewood Recording and Production Studios, playing on several national jingle spots and album projects.
Fullen received his Master of Arts degree in 1987 from the University of Memphis, where he served as graduate teaching assistant in the Commercial Music Department under Frank Shafer and Gene Rush. While in Memphis, he performed with the legendary Carl Perkins, played many recording sessions, worked with the Memphis, Jackson, and Tupelo Symphony Orchestras, and was nominated for a NARAS award.
As an educator, Fullen has authored two critically acclaimed books, Bass Drum Essentials for the Drumset, an excellent new book released by Alfred Publishing at PASIC 2001 (co-authored with Dave Black), and Contemporary Country Styles for the Drummer and Bassist (Alfred Pub.) which received 4 out of 5 stars in Modern Drummer Magazine. He has been featured in The Zildjian Times, various Yamaha Publications, and is a contributing author to Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes magazines. He teaches part-time at Belmont University in Nashville and regularly performs clinics across the country, including two Percussive Arts Society Convention appearances (PASIC ‘96 and ‘01).