Dr. Darren Bastian earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University. He has studied with three presidents of the Percussive Arts Society: Gary Cook, Mark Ford, and Dr. Robert Schietroma; as well as other renowned music educators such as Norman Weinberg, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Mike Steinel, Ron Brough, and Jay Lawrence.
For two years Dr. Bastian served as Director of Percussion at Utah Valley University, in which position he transformed the percussion program, adding structure and raising the bar for UVU percussionists. Dr. Bastian directed the UVU Screamin’ Green Pep Band and the UVU Steel Band, and taught applied music lessons to both majors and non-majors.
Dr. Bastian regularly performs as a freelance artist and serves as a clinician or adjudicator for colleges and high schools. He has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Utah Wind Symphony and Pioneer Theatre. He currently owns and operates Drum Labs, a percussion institute in Pleasant Grove, Utah. His past performance experience includes the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and the Sky Island Chamber Ensemble.
Dr. Bastian drum set experience is deep and diverse. He has studied under master drum teacher Ed Soph at the University of North Texas as well as Mike Drake and Jay Lawrence. He was the drummer for the University of Arizona’s Jazz Ensemble, one of the UNT Lab Bands, BYU Synthesis, and several other groups. He is one of very few drummers/percussionists that is equally comfortable playing drum set in various styles as playing in a classical ensemble. As an instructor, he is able to teach with both extensive road experience as well as refined classical touch for the fine details.