University of Alabama Birmingham - United States
Gene Fambrough, DMA, is Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Percussion at UAB. He holds degrees from The University of Georgia and East Carolina University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Alabama. He directs the UAB Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band, and serves as percussion arranger and instructor for the Marching Blazers. A published composer, he has written works for solo marimba, multiple percussion with tape, marimba quartet, percussion ensemble, and various forms of rudimental percussion. Dr. Fambrough served as percussion coordinator for the Spirit of Atlanta in 1997 and has twice been on the staff of Southwind drum and bugle corps. As a performer, he has appeared with The North Carolina Symphony, Panama Steel, The Bizzare Arte Ensemble, and the Spirit of Atlanta drum and bugle corps, as well as with the ECU Symphony Orchestra performing Paul Creston's Concertino for Marimba. Dr. Fambrough has played drum set in numerous settings, from musicals and big band jazz to studio time with a rock band. He has also presented lectures on the use of nontraditional notation for multiple percussion solos, including techniques utilized by Stockhausen, Feldman, and Xenakis. Dr. Fambrough's teachers include Dr. Thomas McCutchen, Dr. Arvin Scott, Dr. Allen Teel, Dr. Ken Broadway, Mike Back, Mark Ford, and Larry Mathis.
Prior to UAB, he served as band director at Oak Grove High School in Bessemer, Alabama. While at Oak Grove, Dr. Fambrough conducted the Symphonic Band at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Southern Band Festival. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, and Pi Kappa Lambda.