A statement from our Dance Program on the life of a wonderful colleague and friend:
“Our dear Brian Sepel lost his battle with cancer on November 24, 2016.
For over a decade, Brian Sepel brought music, humor, and his generosity in helping us discover more of the dancing within each of us. As our fulltime professional musician here at the Theatre and Dance Department at Cal State University Fullerton, he was a unique force of support and collaboration and music. He fed all of us with his contagious pleasure of making rhythm, melody and atmosphere, and helped us all find inspiration and meet the challenges of our days. Although it always seemed to simply pour out of him, Brian worked tirelessly to keep his music rich and meaningful whether drumming for a modern class or on the piano for a ballet class. I know that we have all greatly missed him this last year and will always cherish having had him as a colleague and as a friend.
In Brian’s memory, we plan on creating the Brian Sepel Dance Major Scholarship. It is something we can do to honor him, his music and to help continue his warm support of our dance students.
Brian was born in South Africa and started his musical life playing in a variety of successful original rock and jazz bands, he built and ran his own recording studio, writing and producing audio for radio and TV advertising. After moving to America he free-lanced as a dance accompanist, playing piano for ballet, and percussion for modern dance classes at UCI, Chapman, IVC, Fullerton College, Santa Ana College and a number of smaller private studios, before settling down at Cal State University Fullerton. Some of the ballet luminaries he worked with include: Mignon Furman (AAB), Barbara Arms (Ballet Russe), Glenn Eddy (Nederlans Danse), Stephanie Saland (NY City Ballet), Brian Loftus (Sadlers Wells). The modern luminaries he worked with include: Donald McKayle, Risa Steinberg, Colin Connor, Louis Kavouras, Bonnie Oda Homsey. Together with his sister Merle Sepel-Wagner, Brian combined all his skills as an accompanist, composer and recording engineer to produce The Enchanted Doorway series. This educational series includes five titles of narrated story with music and instruction, for teachers to use as a dance class for children ages 4 to 6.”
We send our regards and keep his family in our thoughts.