Bruce Pearson (b. 24 October 1942, Minneapolis, Minn.) is an American composer.
Mr. Pearson studied at St. Cloud University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education, 1964), the University of Northern Colorado (Master of Arts in Music Education, 1969), and took doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota.
Pearson is an internationally known author, composer, clinician, and conductor. He is perhaps best known for his authorship of the Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method, which is published by Neil Kjos Music Company. He also co-authored, with Dean Sorenson, the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method. He also has written many widely performed compositions for concert band and jazz ensemble.
His 30-year teaching career included teaching at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels. He was nominated twice for the prestigious Excellence in Education Award and was named the most outstanding professional in the field of music for the state of Minnesota. In 1998, Pearson was awarded the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Director’s Clinic Medal of Honor, “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music education.” In 2001 he was awarded St. Cloud (Minnesota) University’s Distinguished Service to Music Award, “in appreciation for life-long contribution to music and music education.”
Pearson has led clinics in all 50 states and has been guest conductor and clinician in countries throughout the Pacific Rim, the Orient, Europe, and the Canadian Provinces. In the United States, Pearson has conducted many All-State and Honor Bands. He has appeared as guest lecturer at over 100 colleges and universities is a popular a keynote speaker for state, provincial, and national music educators conventions.
Pearson holds membership in ASCAP, the Music Educators National Conference, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the American School Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, and the Christian Instrumental Directors Association.
Works for Winds
- Crown Point March
- Eagle Crest March
- From Ancient Times (2016)
- King's Court March
- Latin Nights (2016)
- Painted Mountains (2017)
- A Time to Dance (2018)
- To Soar with Eagles (2017)
- Voices of the Land (2018)
- Bruce Pearson Music website Accessed 5 January 2019
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Bruce Pearson." Accessed 5 January 2019
- Morehouse, Christopher. "Voices of the Land." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 325-330. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.