About Bruce Pearson

Bruce Pearson is a world-renowned music educator, author, composer, conductor, and clinician. He is the author of the Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method which has been regarded as the most important contribution to the band music field in the last three decades and for his first contribution, Best in Class. His new contribution, co-authored with Ryan Nowlin, the Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method, is a performance-centered curriculum that seamlessly blends time-tested and innovative pedagogy with cutting-edge technology. He also co-authored, with Dean Sorenson of the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method and the Advanced Jazz Ensemble Method.

In addition to his method books, 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, the Orient, Europe, and the Canadian provinces.

Bruce Pearson has taught at the elementary, junior high, high school and college level for over thirty years. Other achievements include:

  • In 2014, Dr. Pearson was selected by the American School Band Directors Association Goldman/Harding Award Committee as the 2014 recipient of the Edwin Franko Goldman Award.
  • 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.
  • 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 December, 1998, Dr. Pearson, “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music education,” was awarded the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Director’s Clinic Medal of Honor.
  • Twice nominated for the prestigious Excellence in Education Award, Dr. Pearson was recognized as “most outstanding in the field of music” for the state of Minnesota.

Dr. Pearson continues to serve as a guest lecturer, clinician, and conductor in addition to his work as a composer, arranger, and author.