Brian Floody was born in New York City in 1971 and has lived in Brooklyn for the past eighteen years. While a teenager he studied timpani with Dr. John Beck at The Eastman School of Music. In 1989 Brian enrolled at The New School for Social Research and studied with many renowned musicians including Jimmy Cobb, Jim Hall and the late Vernel Fournier.
Brian has been involved in education for over thirteen years and was the co-founder and artistic director of the Emory University Jazz Festival and on the faculty of the Adirondack Music Camp. From 2006 to 2009 he was on the faculty of the Swett Arts Academy in the Bronx. Brian has presented master classes at the University of Miami, Western Michigan University, and Laguardia High School in New York. He is currently on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Church Street School for Music and Art. Since 2002 he has been a guest instructor of percussion at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts.