Drum Set, Marimba, Hand Percussion
Brooks Truly is a mutli-percussionist and music educator currently serving on the faculties of Morton College, The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), and the Merit School of Music. Brooks has taught percussion and music theory at several universities, secondary and primary schools, and has performed in just about every genre of percussion with dozens of orchestras and chamber groups as a section/principal percussionist, and as a featured soloist, as well as hundreds of drum set and theater performances throughout the Gulf Coast, South Florida, and Midwest areas. Due to this, over the last two decades, Brooks has had the opportunity to work with some of the top musicians, conductors, and composers of our time.
Brooks holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Alabama, all in the field of Percussion Performance. He is an endorsed performing artist with Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team in the Collegiate Educators Program. Recently he was invited to present his doctoral essay, The Afro-Cuban Abakuá as a performance/demonstration at the
Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
Brooks' principal teachers include Ney Rosauro, Paul Wertico, Vadim Karpinos, Ed Harrison, Rubén Alvarez, Richard Bravo,
Shannon Wood, Ted Atkatz, Darcey Timmerman, and John Papastefan.