In 2007, after spending his career as a sideman, learning and honing his craft, Brian stepped into the role as bandleader. The San Francisco Bay Area was introduced to The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. In 2019 Brian formed Trio Latino, featuring original compositions and arrangements by pianist Christian Tumalan and bassist Aaron Germain.
In the 2015 Downbeat Magazine 80th Annual Reader’s Poll, Brian was voted into the top 20 in the Drummers category. Whether as a bandleader or as a sideman, Brian continues to perform at a high level, always welcoming new opportunities for expression and creativity while maintaining the protocol of a professional artist.