Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Campus Address: Moot Hall 150
Bradley Fuster joined the SUNY Buffalo State faculty in 2005 and serves as chair of music and associate professor of percussion. He is currently serving Buffalo State as the Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, overseeing operations in the Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid offices.
He holds a bachelor of arts in percussion from SUNY Geneseo, a master's of music in percussion from the Yale University School of Music, and the doctor of musical arts degree in percussion from the University of Southern California, with a minor in higher education policy analysis. Through Fuster's leadership, the Music Department has tripled its undergraduate enrollment, instituted a minor in Digital Music Production, and has created the nation's fourth Online Master of Music in Music Education. Fuster helped develop three new ensembles within the department; The Buffalo State Philharmonia, West African Drumming Ensemble, and Digital Music Ensemble. Fuster's internal and external advocacy has resulted in the acquisition of 10 new Yamaha pianos and the installation of a $250,000 music technology lab and recording facilities. From May 2011 to November 2012, Fuster oversaw the $9.1 million renovation of Rockwell Hall which has augmented the department's facilities to include Ciminelli Recital Hall, Klein Recital Hall Lobby, Rowland Teaching Studio, Steinmiller Stage, and LoRusso Recording Studio and Control Room. These five naming gifts have added $1.12 million in Music Department scholarship endowment funds. In 2007 Fuster facilitated the Music Department's initial accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
As a performer, Fuster has toured and recorded on six continents as a symphonic percussionist and timpanist. He has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, served as the principal timpanist with the Santa Monica Symphony, Pasadena Lyric Opera, Pasadena Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, The Korean Philharmonic, The Riverside Chamber Music Society of New York, Maelström Percussion Ensemble, and the Los Angeles-based new music group, Ensemble Green, which the Los Angeles Times claimed "...is well-equipped to fight the good fight, championing twentieth-century music in a mobile chamber setting."
Fuster recently recorded five cds with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falleta, featuring the works of Marcel Tyberg, Richard Strauss, Randall Bass, and John Corigliano. The recordings were released under the NAXOS label.
In addition to Fuster's passion for contemporary and symphonic percussion repertoire, he is equally fluent in the marching idiom. As a nationally sought marching band clinician, Fuster has taught and arranged for countless high school marching bands throughout the United States and is sponsored by Pearl Drums, Adams Concert Percussion, and Regal Tip Sticks. Fuster is a percussion consultant for the five-time DCA World Champion Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and is a certified adjudicator for the National Federation of Contest Judges, the American Drum Line Association, the NYS Marching Percussion Circuit, and is often active in adjudicating high profile marching pageants competitions at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and junior corps level.
Fuster has performed and presented clinics in various international venues such as the 11th Festival Internacional de Percussion in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). Fuster is a team member of the Buffalo-based company Druminar, a corporate training and team building consulting firm employed by national banks, international manufacturing companies, and major non-profit corporations. He has also served as a state chapter president of the Percussive Arts Society, as a Trustee of the Community Music School of Buffalo, serves as the Vice President and President-Elect of the New York State Association of College Music Programs (NYSACMP), and continues to hold leadership roles in a multitude of professional and service organizations.