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Glenwood City hosted a beginning band clinic for music educators on Tuesday, September 1st with world-renowned educator Dr. Bruce Pearson. The virtual event was coordinated by Glenwood City band director Mr. Matt Lamb and sponsored by Kjos Publications. Area band directors from Boyceville, Spring Valley, Glenwood City, Baldwin-Woodville, River Falls, St. Croix Central, and Hillsboro were in attendance.
Bruce Pearson is a world-renowned music educator, author, composer, and clinician. He is the author of the Tradition of Excellence , and co-authored with Ryan Nowlin. It is a performance-centered curriculum that seamlessly blends time-tested and innovative pedagogy with cutting-edge technology. Dr. Pearson’s Excellence in Chamber Music books are correlated with Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method.
He has published numerous repertoire pieces also correlated to Tradition of Excellence and Standard of Excellence method books. He also co-authored the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method and the Standard of Excellence Advanced Jazz Ensemble Method with Dean Sorenson.
In addition to his method books and repertoire, Dr. Pearson is well-known as a composer of many widely performed compositions for concert band and jazz ensemble. He has led clinics in all fifty of the United States and has been guest conductor and clinician, by invitation, of countries throughout the Pacific Rim, Asia, Europe, and the Canadian provinces.
Dr. Pearson has taught at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels for over forty years. Twice nominated for the prestigious Excellence in Education Award, he was recognized as “most outstanding in the field of music” for the state of Minnesota. In December, 1998, Dr. Pearson, “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music education,” was awarded the prestigious Midwest International Clinic Band and Orchestra Conference Medal of Honor. In 2001, he was awarded St. Cloud State University’s Distinguished Service To Music Award “in appreciation for lifelong contribution to music and music education”. In 2007, Dr. Pearson received St. Cloud State University’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.” That same year he was recognized as the first Patron for the Maryborough Conference in Queensland, Australia. The American School Band Directors Association conferred on Dr. Pearson the 2014 Edwin Franko Goldman Award “as a symbol of high esteem and respect, and as a measure of appreciation and gratitude for outstanding personal contributions to the school band movement.”
Additionally, Dr. Pearson has been recognized as a University of Northern Colorado “2017 Honored Alumni”.
Dr. Pearson continues to serve as a guest lecturer, clinician, and conductor in addition to his work as a composer, arranger, and author. He and his wife Dee have been married for over fifty years, have three children and nine grandchildren.