“Internationally Renowned Drummer / Percussionist”
About Brian Choper
Brian Choper is an internationally renowned drummer/percussionist with over 35 years of performance experience. He is noted as one of the distinguished American drummers for his performance and band management abilities.
When Brian was just 3 years old he started playing the violin. He played for 3 years and decided that it was not the instrument for him. When Brian was 9 he tagged along with his older brother to a junior high school dance. The school band was playing. After watching the band’s drummer all evening, he knew what instrument he wanted to play: the drums. His talents were developed by studying with some truly gifted drummers and percussionists, including George Huttlin starting in 1974, Marshall Maley, and including three years with the late Buddy Rich from 1983-1985.
VIDEOS OF BRIAN PLAYING
Highlights from a 40 minute drum-off between drummer Brian Choper and percussionist Sam Turner, April 11 2014.
How Brian Got Started
In 1983, he graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt MD (an Award winning music school)at the top of his music class. He went on to earn degrees in music and business.
During the next 10 years Brian gained experience by freelancing with many well-known bands and orchestras, including the Prince George’s Philharmonic and folk bands throughout the world. He became the 1st drummer to play with the Capital Klezmers and then joined the Machaya Klezmer Band. In 1997, he joined the Nexus Rock Band, a classic rock & roll band that toured, playing both festivals and concert halls.
It was in about 1995 when he also became interested in promoting bands and artists. He experimented by promoting the bands he performed with. The assumption was the busier those bands became the further the opportunity he would have to perform with them. As a result of these promotional efforts many of these bands became nationally known. Through this experience Brian discovered another talent, business. He created “Gigs for You”, and soon after Washington’s Entertainment Connection was established.
“Gigs for You”, is a non-profit organization established by Brian that teaches the business of music. Through this mentoring program, serious musicians can call for assistance on the business side of entertainment. He specifically provides career advice, networking support, and assists musicians and other entertainers towards their career goals.
"Washington's Entertainment Connection, and particularly Owner/Manager Brian Choper with the Nexus Rock Band, were outstanding to work with. Really, truly, outstanding. We are so thrilled to have found such a phenomenal group who really impressed my family and all of our guests during the entirety of our wedding... If you want an outstanding party band, organized and put together just for your specific vision and needs, then Washington's Entertainment Connection is the right place to look. Not only did they rock the ballroom during our reception, but Brian put together a superb trio to play for our cocktail hour. He really knows what he is talking about, and truly listened to everything that we wanted for our special day. I am SO THRILLED we chose to work with Washington's Entertainment Connection."
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