Brian Beck is currently the Director of Bands at Davis High School in Yakima, Washington. Brian graduated summa cum laude with his degree in Broad Area Music Education and a Douglas Honors College Interdisciplinary Honors Minor at Central Washington University in 2014. Brian has performed with the Symphonic Winds, CWU Symphony Orchestra, and as principal tuba of the renown CWU Wind Ensemble under Larry Gookin. Brian also played bass trombone in CWU Jazz 2 and 3. While in college, Brian was the Program Coordinator for the CWU Marching Band and Assistant director/Visual Designer for the Naches Valley Marching Band as well as working with various other marching ensembles groups in the Northwest.
Since starting at Davis in the fall of 2014, the band program has tripled in size. The marching band, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and wind bands are recognized as some of the top groups in the region/state. In 2019, the Davis Percussion Ensemble was selected as WIAA State Champions and the Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at a Concert Hour at the NAfME Northwest Conference. The A.C. Davis Band Program was the northwestern region winner and one of five national finalists for the Foster Award recognizing excellence in music in Title 1 schools. Brian also serves on the staff of the Metro-Capitol Leadership Academy in Portland, Oregon since 2016 run by Mr. Todd Zimbelman. Brian was selected as the 2020 YVMEA Regional Outstanding Music Educator of the Year and has received the prestigious Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.
Outside of music, Brian is an avid skier who has been going up to White Pass Ski Area nearly every weekend since the age of four. Once the snow melts, you can find him hiking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing with his family and friends.