Ever since his early years playing trumpet in the bands at Fraser Public Schools, Brad Arnold knew that music education was the calling for him. With a dedicated work ethic in music and academics, Brad continued on to study Instrumental Music Education with a focus on Trumpet Performance at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
While at MSU, Brad Arnold relished the opportunity to contribute to MSU's legacy of success within their storied band program, and he excelled as a member of the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, and student leader within the world renowned Spartan Marching Band. His teachers in wind conducting include Kevin Sedatole (Director of Bands, MSU), John T. Madden (Emeritus Director of the Spartan Marching Band), David Thornton (Associate Director of Bands, MSU), and Tyler Austin (Assistant Director of Bands, Oklahoma State University). His teachers in Trumpet Performance include Justin Emerich (Professor of Trumpet, MSU), Richard Illman (Emeritus Professor of Trumpet, MSU), and Joon Park (DMA Candidate, University of Missouri-Kansas City). He also studied jazz with Walter Cano, Diego Rivera (Associate Professor of Jazz, MSU), and Michael Dease (Associate Professor of Jazz, MSU).
Upon completion of his studies at MSU, Brad served as student teacher within the Anchor Bay High School band program, under the direction of P. David Visnaw II and Scott Oranchak, where he learned about the importance of working within a team, cultivating organized community support, and building professional relationships with students. Following his time as student teacher, he served briefly as the Director of Bands at the International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township, MI.
Brad Arnold is a highly regarded Educator practicing Instrumental Music Education in Mid-Michigan. He currently serves as the Director of Bands at Perry High School and Perry Middle School in Perry, MI and as the trumpet instructor at both the Michigan State University Community Music School and the Flint Institute of Music. With experience as clinician, lecturer, and performer, he has a reputation as a bright, emerging voice in band and trumpet teaching.