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Brant Roberts is a freelance percussionist and music educator living in Champaign, IL, finishing his DMA in percussion performance and Literature at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his M.M. in percussion performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has performed with many orchestras including Sinfonia de Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Bravura Philharmonic, Garden State Philharmonic, and Danville Symphony Orchestra. 

Roberts is a strong advocate for new music and contemporary performance. Recently, he performed as a soloist at New Music Gathering in Portland, OR performing music by Ralph Lewis and Dave Mahoney. He has participated in many commissioning projects and debut performances. In April of 2022, he premiered a new marimba work by Jiwon Hahn written for him. He has participated in the Nief-Norf Contemporary Music Festival multiple times.

Accompanying modern dance played a large role in his freelance career and he has worked at Rutgers University, The Martha Graham School in NYC, Peridance Center, and The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has also recorded numerous tracks for dancers and written accompaniment for full-length choreography.

Roberts has many years of teaching experience both privately and in public school/studio settings. He has a robust studio of private students and works with groups in the Urbana-Champaign. As an educator, Roberts is most valued for his ability to teach any specialty of percussion that students may choose including drum set, classical percussion, hand percussion/non-western percussion, and more.