Clinician, Arranger and Performing Artist
Bret graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University where he studied percussion under the direction of Dan Petersen. He was a member of the Disney World All-American Band in 1980 and marched with the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps in 1981. In 1984, Bret began teaching the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps serving as both the Percussion Caption Head as well as the Percussion Arranger. During this time, the Cavaliers won six World Championships and five High Percussion Awards. After retiring from the Cavalier's, Bret joined the Bluecoat Drum and Bugle Corps as a Design and Percussion Consultant for 2005 - 2008.
Bret is the Percussion Coordinator for the Prospect High School music program from Mt. Prospect, Illinois who are a BOA band. He is active as a Percussion Arranger/Clinician for numerous colleges and high schools across the nation and abroad and wrote the percussion arrangement for LD Bell from Hurst, Texas who are the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champions. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member for the Northern Illinois Marching Band with Director Tom Bough, and is consulting with Director Jim Hudson of the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band. He arranges for two of the top marching groups in Japan. One is Aimachi from Nagoya, Japan who were the 2006 Champions at the All Japan Championship. The other is Vivace from Tokyo, Japan, who are a semi-professional all girl marching band.
Bret consulted with the Texas State Indoor Percussion ensemble from San Marcos, Texas who competed at the 2006 PASIC Convention, and the Oklahoma Centennial Band who performed for the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Bret composed an original piece called "Renegade Highway" for Plano East High School, under the direction of John Brennan and was a guest performer with their band at a showcase concert at the 2006 Percussive Arts Society Internation Convention in Austin, Texas.
Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and is currently on the PAS Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Serving as a clinician for Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian and Remo, he has had the opportunity of traveling extensively presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe. He is a freelance drum-set artist in the Chicagoland area and has performed with Rich Matteson, Bobby Shew, Gloria Estefan and Nexus.
Bret has designed and developed two drumsticks through Innovative Percussion, both the FS-BK and the AS-BK. More information on the sticks can be found on our Products page.