Brian Rood joined the Kansas City Symphony in 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he studied with Armando Ghitalla and Donald Green. Previously, Rood served as principal trumpeter with the Michigan Opera Theater, Ann Arbor and Flint symphonies as well as the Des Moines Metro Opera. His solo recording for Music Minus One remains a best seller. Additional performing credits include the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Detroit Chamber Winds, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Galliard Brass Ensemble and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Rood has presented master classes at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Eastman School of Music and has been a guest artist at Truman State University. Rood served as president of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) for 12 years and is currently the chair of the ICSOM Electronic Media Committee. He serves as a trustee of the AFM & Employers’ Pension Fund and the AFM Strike Fund. He also has served as chair of the Kansas City Symphony Musicians and Negotiating Committees, Joint Retirement Committee and served on the Symphony’s Board of Trustees and Finance Committee. Rood is married to Kansas City Symphony’s assistant principal violist, Jessica Nance. They have two children and live in Overland Park, Kan.
Ten questions about me:
How did you choose your instrument?
My brother started on the cornet. Like many kids, I wanted to do what he did. In sthe sixth grade I saw Doc Severinsen. He was amazing and I was hooked.
When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?
My first year at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor was an eye opener for me. Once I heard the many talented students and faculty members, I knew that I wanted to do what it took to become a professional musician.
What is your favorite thing about performing music?
Each live performance is a unique opportunity to connect with your audience, to honor the intentions of the composer and to raise your artistic standard to an even higher level.
Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?
As members of the Kansas City Brass, the six of us from the Symphony perform regularly at Country Club Christian Church, Village Presbyterian, and many other venues throughout Kansas City and the Midwest.
Who is your most inspiring composer?
J.S. Bach. For the first three months after we brought our daughter home from the hospital, I played an album of Bach sonatas and partitas every day. Bach's music has always touched me in a more complete way than any other composer.
What's your "top pick" for downtown dining, or for a post-concert drink or dessert?
The Majestic Steakhouse for their combination of exceptional food and terrific live jazz.
If you weren't a professional musician, what occupation would you choose?
Perhaps an architect or attorney
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Being a father and husband.
What is your favorite city that you've visited or lived in and why?
New York-it is always bustling with activity. You can find whatever you want to eat at any hour of the day or night. There is so much to see and do it could take a lifetime to fully appreciate New York.
What quality do you most admire in others?