Colin J. Brien (Director of Bands)
Colin Brien was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to the USA in 1992. He began studying piano at the age of 7 and violin and French horn at 12. Colin graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1999. He received his B.M.E from Idaho State Univeristy where he also studied composition with Dr. Jett Hitt and Dr. Thom Ritter George. Colin has written music for symphony orchestra, wind bands, chamber groups, and solo works. Kjos music published his first band piece entitled “Adventure on Snake River,” commissioned by Aberdeen School District Bands. Colin has had several commissions for compositions throughout Idaho and Wyoming. His most recent publication is a shorter multi-movement work for young bands titled “Landmarks”, commissioned by Angela POssemato and the Twelve Corners Middle School 8th Grade Band.
Colin taught middle school band at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot, Idaho and assisted with the Blackfoot Bronco Marching Band from 2004-06. He had the priviledge of working with one of the finest music educators in Idaho, Mr. Allen Tripp during his time teaching in Blackfoot.
After teaching in Blackfoot, Colin moved to Macomb, IL to pursue his M.M. degree in conducting and horn at Western Illinois University. While at WIU, he studied wind conducting under Dr. Mike Fansler and orchestral conducting with Dr. Richard Hughey. While studying with Dr. Hughey, Colin had his first opportunity to conduct a Beethoven Symphony with the WIU Symphony Orchestra. Colin also studied horn with Dr. Randall Faust. Along with John Reem, Robert Palmer, and Amber Dean, Colin and the WIU Horn Quartet placed as finalists in the WIU Concerto Competition and performed Robert Schuman’s Konzertstucke for Four Horns and Orchestra with the WIU Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Brien has been guest clinician and conductor/adjudicator for many band, orchestra, and solo festivals throughout southeastern Idaho. Colin Brien is currently director bands at Century High School in Pocatello, ID. The ensembles include Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Bands and combos, CHS Marching Band, various chamber groups. When Colin began teaching at CHS in 2008, the program had 48 students. In the last 7 years the program has grown to 120 students. Thanks to a supportive and amazing band booster parent organization the program has been able to provide instruments for a proper instrumentation and a full selection of percussion instruments from mallets to multicultural drums.
Colin is happily married to his loving and supportive wife and has three energetic, yet adorable, boys. In his free time he loves being with his family, being outside, and composing or arranging music.
Thaddeus Ferrin (Percussion Instructor)
Thaddeus Ferrin is a percussionist who specializes in marching percussion. A native of Southeast Idaho, Thaddeus has extensive marching band experience locally and abroad including the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and the Borås Home Guard Military Band in Sweden. Thaddeus has been an instructor and arranger for the GOT Motion Indoor Drumline, based in Gothenburg Sweden, which won the IPE European Marching Class Championships in 2009. In addition to his work in competitive winter drumline, Thaddeus has enjoyed the opportunity to teach, motivate and inspire students as a marching percussion clinician around Sweden. Since returning from Sweden, Thaddeus has been the composer/arranger for the ISU Bengal Drumline, the musical director for the Portneuf Valley Drumline, as well as an arranger and instructor for local high school marching bands.