United States of America
Gary Brattin is completing the DOCtor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington, where he serves as Assistant Director for the Husky Marching Band. He is most recently a contributing author of two chapters in Volume 5 of A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, a series of books on contemporary wind band composers published by Meredith Music Publications, a subsidiary of the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Gary spent two years as Assistant Professor/Director of Symphonic Winds, Athletic Bands and Brass Choir at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where he also taught the low brass studio. Previous to his appointment in Kansas he served as Director of Bands at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and at Northglenn High School in Denver, Colorado.
Gary lived in Taiwan for ten years where he was Principal Tuba of the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Sinfonietta & Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Wings of the Angels Symphonic Wind Ensemble. While in Taiwan he also served as Director of Bands at Taipei Municipal Chien Kuo, Ching Mei Girls, and Chung Shan Girls Sr. High Schools, and as Music Director/Conductor of the Sirens Symphonic Winds. Gary continues to serve as Principal Conductor of the Yuetao Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gary has performed on tuba, presented clinics, guest conducted, or adjudicated internationally in Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as throughout the U.S.A. The recipient of Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, Gary has studied conducting with Tim Salzman, Kenneth Singleton, John Bell and Dick Mayne and tuba and bass trombone with Bill Clark, Jim Sparrow, Paul Brooks, Jack Robinson, Benedict Kirby, and Chris Olka.
Gary marched in the drum corps activity seven years, including corps such as the Blue Knights, Velvet Knights, and the Concord Blue Devils, and taught drum corps twelve years, with corps such as the Blue Knights, Cadets of Bergen County, Taipei Yuehfu, and The Troopers.
Mr. Brattin is also a successful commercial marching band show designer, with over 240 computer-animated complete shows since 1984, including bands and corps in China, Germany, Malaysia, Taiwan, and 21 of the 50 states in the USA.