Brian Kraft has spent over twenty five years in the band and drum corps activities as an instructor, designer, clinician, and adjudicator. Brian began his drum corps career as a marching member of first the Glassmen and then the Madison Scouts where he aged out in 1992. Brian has taught several of Drum Corps International's top drum corps including The Santa Clara Vanguard, The Bluecoats, and The Blue Stars, who in 2008 as Visual Caption Head helped lead back into DCI World Finals after a 29 year absence. In 2012 Brian joined the staff of Carolina Crown, eventually serving as assistant caption manager, as part of the team that won the 2013 DCI World Championship as well as the John Brazale award for high visual performance in 2012, 2013, and 2016. Brian was also a member and visual instructor for Star United Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 to 2012, winning the Drum Corps Associates mini-corps division championship each of those 6 years. In 2010 Brian was named Star United Member of the Year.
Brian has also been active as a visual and marching instructor for high school band programs across the Midwest and Southeast, where he has worked with many of the region’s best marching band programs including Beechwood High School, Milford High School, Rockwood Summit High School, and Blue Springs High School. In 2018 Brian joined the staff at Kennesaw Mountain as visual coordinator. Most notably Brian was the visual coordinator for the William Mason High School Band from 2006 to 2016. During that time Mason was a 8-time Mid-States Band Association Open Class Champion, a 5-time Bands of America Regional Champion, and from 2011 to 2016 a Bands of America Grand National finalist, having placed as high as 3rd in the nation in 2016. In 2018 Brian returned to the William Mason staff in the role of visual consultant.
Outside the marching activity, Brian enjoyed much success as a young composer, having studied with award winning composer Philip Koplow at Northern Kentucky University, and has had many works performed by ensembles at NKU and around Greater Cincinnati. In April of 2005 Brian was selected as one of two composers to have his composition (Margaret, set to the award winning poem of the same name by J.K. Long) performed at Margaret Garner: In Music, Art, and Words, an event jointly held by The Cincinnati Opera and The NKU Freedom Studies Department. From 1997-2005 Brian was also a successful DJ who, performing as DJ James Kraft, performed at many of Cincinnati’s most popular nightclubs including Vertigo, Spy Club, Red Cheetah, and DV8 where he was a resident DJ from 1997-2003. Brian co-founded and was associate captain of the Fianna Hockey Club, winners of multiple ice and in-line recreational hockey leagues during their existence from 1995-2004 .
While teaching together at the Blue Stars, Brian met his awesome wife Angie, a drum corps veteran herself who marched mellophone in the legendary 1991 DCI Champion Star of Indiana. Brian and Angie currently reside in Orlando, Florida with their two dogs, Summer and Nymeria.