Brian  O. Walden
Associate Professor of Music
School of the Arts
Division of Music
Office: 207 Brock Hall
Phone: 205-726-4188

Captain Brian O. Walden, a native of Trenton, South Carolina comes to Samford from Marshall University where he was the Director of Bands, Coordinator of Music Education, and Program Coordinator of the Graduate Conducting Program following his 2015 retirement as Commanding Officer and Conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D. C. He has an extensive recording resume’ as a conductor and has commissioned and premiered important works for the wind ensemble medium. He has conducted international recording artists live and for television performances with Neil Patrick Harris and other artists such as Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Colbie Caillat, Take 6, Phillip Phillips (American Idol winner), Isaac Slade of the rock band “The Fray,” Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Branford Marsalis (former Director of The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno) and many other artists. He has guest-conducted ensembles and performed as a trumpet instrumentalist on every continent except Antarctica. In 2012 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by the Alumni Council of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  At the time of his retirement from active duty, Captain Walden was the senior musician/conductor in the Department of Defense and President Barack Obama awarded Captain Walden the distinguished Legion of Merit for his 35 years of service to the nation.