Why I Chose Backun
"After many years of playing a different professional model clarinet, I was planning to purchase the same brand and model. However, when I came across the “Q” clarinet it was a done deal. I also had planned on staying with the same mouthpiece I played for years, and then came across the CG Vocalise clear mouthpiece as my new choice of mouthpiece! I no longer must work as hard to accomplish the sound, articulations, and technique (the pads used are very quiet and key placement is allowing me to play much faster with ease!) I highly recommend Backun and am honored to be a Backun Artist representing this amazing clarinet and additional products made by them!"
Dr. Brian K. Farias, (aka “Doc”), has been a musician, teacher, and consultant for more than 30 years. His musical training is from the Boston Conservatory (BME, cum laude), New England Conservatory (MM), and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (DMA). Doc’s former teachers (clarinet) include Attilio Poto, William Wrzesien (Boston Ballet and Pops), Leon Russianoff (NYC), and Anthony Gigliotti (Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet).
As a musician, Doc has performed as a solo artist and competition winner, chamber musician, pit orchestras for numerous shows, and as an orchestral/wind ensemble player. Some noteworthy venues he has performed at include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall (NYC), and Jordan Hall in Boston.
As a teacher, he has taught in public schools for K-12 and college students and has had numerous private students who have won numerous awards and were successful in honor and state ensembles across the country. Doc is also currently a Music Educator for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada and has a private lesson studio and is a freelance musician as well in various musical venues.