Brian Rainwater - Director of Bands

Brian Rainwater- Director of Bands

Mr. Brian Rainwater (’88) joined the Florida College Fine Arts faculty in 2001, after forming an established career directing public school bands in Texas.  His love for band spread to his students, and his bands consistently earned high honors at rigorous regional competitions as well as “Best in Class” awards at local festivals.  Not only is Mr. Rainwater a skilled teacher, but he is also an excellent performer.  He served as principal trombone at the University of Illinois in their Wind Symphony, Brass Band and Symphony Orchestra, principal trombone in the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble, and principal trombone and euphonium in the Eastern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, as well as lead and second trombone in the jazz bands at Eastern Illinois University and Florida College.  He has continued as an active performer in community bands and college ensembles by playing numerous instruments, such as the trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion and piano, as well as singing in various vocal ensembles.
As a trombonist, Mr. Rainwater has performed with multi-Grammy Award jazz vocalist Diane Schuur and Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman.  He has studied trombone with distinguished professors Robert Gray, president emeritus of the International Trombone Association, and Tom Brantley, a New York Times album of the week performer and Yamaha recording artist.  Mr. Rainwater has also performed under the baton of legendary band conductors Harry Begian, Col. Arnald Gabriel, Mark Hindsley, Robert Jager, James Keene and William Revelli.
Upon earning his AA degree from Florida College in 1988, Mr. Rainwater continued his education at the University of Illinois, earning his BS in Music Education in 1991.  For nine years he worked teaching public school bands in Texas, before returning to his studies and completing a MM from the University of South Florida in 2004.
Mr. Rainwater is an asset to the Florida College Fine Arts Department.  He currently directs the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band and often  serves as the rehearsal conductor of the Pit Orchestra for the annual musicals.  He also instructs the aural theory and conducting courses for music majors

Active Memberships:
College Band Directors National Association
Florida Music Educators Association
Florida Band Association
National Association for Music Educators