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Music has been part of my life from the time I was 8 years old. I played instruments all through school (sax and trumpet), and my mom taught me how to sing at a young age, so I was always involved with music in some capacity.
Even in High School, when I wasn't going to the rest of my classes, I DID go to my music classes. I played trumpet A LOT. I took music theory and began arranging my own jazz charts when I was 16. I loved music, but I was surrounded by people who thought that music should just be a hobby, and I needed to go and "get a real job." So after working in factories for a time, I joined the Navy, learned about computers, got out of the Navy, climbed the corporate ladder, and got burned out. The American Dream, right?
Anyway, in 2000 I started teaching voice lessons in my home part-time. So after working all day I would come home and teach a few clients in the evening a few nights a week. That grew larger and I finally started teaching full time in 2006. I’ve been teaching steadily ever since, even after becoming a full-time music minister. It’s just a great joy to watch people, especially young people, grow in confidence and ability because I was able to teach them something that would not only make them better singers, but better people too.
In 2004, I got a job as the Creative Arts Minister at a local church. I was full-time staff responsible for the music, video, sound, lighting, everything. Of course, I had NO idea what I was doing. The church had no band, no video, and patched-together sound and lighting systems. We couldn’t use all the lights at once because doing so would blow out the fuses in the dimmers. And what was really fun was picking up a local radio station through the sound system! We could have band practice and listen to the Dodger game all at the same time!
I served as Music Minister at another church that we called home for over 5 years. It was a great small church and a super worship team filled with absolutely wonderful people. We had a great time worshiping God and just hanging out together.
I also really enjoy composing and orchestrating music for theater. My most significant projects as orchestrator were orchestrating the entire scores of three original musicals, Amelia Earhart, Jane Eyre, and my most recent project, Sleepy Hollow. I really enjoyed those projects and would love to do more. Ultimately I would love to compose music for stage, film, and TV. You can hear some of my instrumental pieces on my website, http:bradrmusic.com/music.
On top of everything else, I am an award-winning stage actor, having appeared in many lead roles such as Psuedolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, as Lt.(jg) Douglas Roberts in Mister Roberts, and Luther Billis in South Pacific. My favorite roles are as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Those were very challenging roles and really fun to do.
All in all, God has blessed me more that I could ever have imagined. And He's not done yet. I look forward to what's ahead.