Illinois Benedictine College
Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz has gained a reputation as an outstanding professional mallet percussionsist, both onstage and in the studio. Brad's music career has spanned the globe, with concerts in Uganda, Trinidad and throughout the U.S. He has performed or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Ed Thigpen, Patricia Barber, Jerry Goodman, Dan Haerle and Fareed Haque. He toured with the Janice Borla Group, and is featured on her CDs Lunar Octave and Agents of Change. A native of Minden, Nebraska, Brad earned his Master of Music degree in percussion performance at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. As a jazz/percussion educator, he has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory, Roosevelt University and North Illinois University, and is currently on faculty at North Central College. He has been a member of the faculty at the Birch Creek Percussion Camp in Door County, Wisconsin for more than twenty years, where he teaches jazz improvisation and the techniques of playing world percussion instruments.