Percussionist and Educator, Chicago
Douglass Bratt has performed at the Jazz à Vienne, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as noted Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill and Millennium Park. He has collaborated with fellow musicians Kyle Asche, Stuart Mindeman, Jo Ann Daugherty, Victor Garcia, Rich Moore, Joey Sellers and Liam Teague. In addition, Bratt performed with Under the Streetlamp - a group featuring the former Chicago cast of Jersey Boys - in their second national PBS television special, which debuted in March 2014. In 2006, Bratt joined with saxophonist/composer, Douglas Stone, to create the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released their full-length debut album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in June 2008. Bratt has taught students ranging in age from four to eighty and has been a clinician/visiting artist at the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout Illinois. In addition, he served as a presenting clinician for the 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) in Peoria, Illinois and a panelist for the 2012 College Pedagogy Committee Mentoring Day at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin, Texas. In 2015 he was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Co-Curricular Hall of Fame.
Currently, Douglass Bratt is a tenured associate professor of music at Moraine Valley Community College where he serves as coordinator of Academic Music, instructor of applied percussion and directs the college’s jazz ensemble, concert band and percussion ensemble. Additionally, he is a strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and is presently serving a second, three-year term as Secretary/Treasurer for the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Douglass Bratt is also proud to serve as a Mike Balter artist/clinician.
Douglass Bratt received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, where he toured for three years in the acclaimed NIU Jazz Ensemble. Additional scholarship includes a bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and African drumming and dance studies with Ghanaian master-drummer, Frederic Kwasi Dunyo. His principal percussion instructors are Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore, and William Elliott, SGM.