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Brant Karrick

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Brant Karrick


Brant Karrick (b. 14 August 1960, Bowling Green, Ky.) is an American composer, arranger and educator.

In the fall of 1991 Karrick entered the Ph.D. program in Music Education at Louisiana State University, completing the degree in 1994. His prior education includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville which he completed in 1982, and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University, completed in 1984. Dr. Karrick's musical life has been influenced by many individuals. He studied trumpet with Leon Rapier, music education with Cornelia Yarborough, and conducting with Frank Wickes. His primary composition teachers were David Livingston, Steve Beck, and Cecil Karrick. His professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, ASCAP, the National Band Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

Karrick began his service as a public school teacher in 1984 at Beechwood School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. In 1986 he returned to his alma mater, Bowling Green (KY) High School, as the Director of Instrumental Music. His concert bands received superior ratings at regional and state concert festivals every year of his five year tenure there, and in 1988 his marching band was named Class AA State Champion.

Dr. Karrick joined the faculty of Northern Kentucky University in the fall of 2003 as director of bands. His prior teaching experience includes nine years at the University of Toledo and seven years of public school teaching in Kentucky. At NKU, he administers the entire band program including the Symphonic Winds, the Concert Band and the Basketball Pep Band. He also teaches classes in conducting, music education, marching band techniques, and assists with student teacher supervision. In addition to his responsibilities at NKU, Dr. Karrick is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, composer, and music arranger. His band compositions have been performed around the country, in Europe, and in Australia.

Works for Winds


  • Bough, Thomas. "Quirks." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 598-604. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Hendricks III, John. "A Sacred Suite." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 349-358. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Karrick, Brant. "Bayou Breakdown." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 455-460. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.