Brian Kagan was in the Latin percussion section of the Rhode Island Matadors in the 1970s, then tom section leader from 1980 to 1982. He was also assistant drum instructor in the tom section in 1982. He has been a percussion player and instructor for other corps in the 1980s and ‘90s. During three separate time periods, he was quad section leader and instructor in the Sunrisers drum line, including 1988 when the corps won the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship. In the first half of the 1990s, he drummed in the tom section of the Connecticut Hurricanes.