<p>Brian</p> <p>Kilgore</p>



Session Percussionist

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Brian Kilgore's career as a session percussionist is about as diverse as it can possibly get. Brian says,"I'm fortunate that I get to play pretty much every genre of music there is, with the best musicians and artists in the world. I never know what will be thrown at me. Everyday is a new challenge, and my goal is to make the music the best it can be, and true to itself, no matter what the genre is."

In his wide ranging studio career, Brian has played on over 500 albums, including Rock and Roll with Cold Play, Daft Punk, Skrillex, Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, Starship, Linda Rondstadt, Ricky Martin, Jody Watley,  Robbie Nevil, the Goo Goo Dolls, Aerosmith, Latin jazz with Clare Fischer and Francisco Aguabella, straight ahead jazz with Terry Trotter, Bill Watrous, Bill Cunliffe, and Bob Florence, and smooth jazz with Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Dave Koz, Grant Geissman, and Warren Hill, and rap with NWA, P Diddy, and Dr. Dre, Christina Milian, and Xybit.

He has played on over two hundred film scores, including Raiders of the Lost Ark 4, King Kong, Ted, Happy Feet 2, The Gangster Squad, Narnia, Beowulf, Wall-E, Hairspray, Transformers, Pollock, A Bug's Life, Mighty Joe Young, A Perfect Storm, Spiderman II, The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, Van Helsing, I Robot, The Polar Express, Team America, Robots, The Legend of Zorro, and Cars. In addition to playing weekly on The Family Guy, American Dad, and Cleveland, he has also played on many television shows like Revenge, Vikings, Days of Our Lives, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, and many awards shows.

He has also performed live with Barbra Streisand, Seth McFarlane, Christian McBride, Elton John, Deep Purple, Brad Mehldau, Teena Marie, Ivan Lins, Chaka Khan, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and many more.

Brian received his Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge, where he subsequently served on the faculty from 1992-1998. With a wealth of diverse skills, from playing ethnic percussion instruments originating across the globe, to playing on some of the most complex orchestral films scores ever recorded, to laying down a groove that is guaranteed to make you move, Brian has cultivated a recording percussion career in all genres that has been matched by few.