Brian Jordan, Principal Percussion
Jeanette Montgomery Evert & Herbert P. Evert Chair
Brian Jordan was formerly principal percussionist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Delaware Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra.
The New Jersey native began his orchestral studies with Alfred Jorgensen, timpanist of the New Jersey State Opera. He received his bachelor’s of music degree from Northwestern University studying with Jim Ross and She-e Wu and his master of music degree from Temple University as a student of Alan Abel and Chris Deviney.
Jordan first performed with the Naples Philharmonic at their Percussion Summit in 2013 and appeared as a soloist on the Sypert Salon Series in 2014. He has served on the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University and is an artist endorser for Grover Pro Percussion and Zildjian cymbals. Jordan and his wife, Sarah, are excited to be a part of the Naples community.
I’m originally from New Jersey, and I attended Northwestern and Temple universities. I held the same position in the Orlando Philharmonic before joining the Naples Philharmonic in 2014.
What has been your most memorable moment with the orchestra?
Playing a serious flexatone soli with Glenn Basham during a Masterworks concert.
What inspired you to become a musician?
Playing timpani in high school all-state orchestra.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
What’s challenging about playing your instrument?
What have you been listening to recently?
“The Tales of a Toddler.”
Are there other musicians in your immediate family?
My older brother played guitar, and my younger brother played percussion.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, Sarah, and son, Felix.