William R. Brusick (b. 2 February 1959, Florida) is an American composer.
Dr. Brusick received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Tennessee Technological University in 1981, studying with Robert Jager. His studies continued at North Texas State University where in 1984 he received his Master of Music in composition, studying with Martin Mailman, and finally receiving his Doctor of Music degree in 1988 from Florida State University.
Dr. Brusick has composed several works for chamber ensembles, as well as symphonic band and orchestra, including For the Kings of Brass (commissioned by the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble), Concerto for Tuba and Wind Orchestra (commissioned by and dedicated to Timothy J. Northcut), The Cookeville Herald-Citizen March (composed for the 100th anniversary of this newspaper), By the Waters of Babylon commissioned for the recording project Euphoniums Unlimited, and the five-movement Concerto for Wind Ensemble (dedicated to Joseph W. Hermann and the Tennessee Tech Wind Ensemble). He has also completed the tone poem Of Sun and Swans (commissioned by and dedicated to J. Jossim and the Hollingsworth Winds, A Boar's Head Celebration for wind ensemble and organ (commissioned by and dedicated to Art Swett) and Fanfare on DLH, which was recently premiered at the Florida Bandmasters Hall of Fame induction concert at Stetson University. Brusick has also composed over 150 various solos and sacred works for chorus, organ and hand bells.
For more than twenty years he has served as a minister of music in the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, as choir director, organist, composer, recitalist, clinician and teacher. He was also an adjunct professor of composition at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. In 2002, 2005 and 2006 he was named to Who's Who Among American Teachers, and in September of 2003 was awarded the Dr. Ben Eggers Lutheran Educator of the Year (Middle School division). Finally, Dr. Brusick served as the music director of the Pinellas Lutheran Choir and for the past seven years has been one of the staff organists at the historic Tampa Theatre.
Works for Winds
- Benedictus (2009)
- A Boar's Head Celebration
- The Cascades (2008)
- Concerto for Wind Ensemble (2003)
- Cookeville-Herald Citizen March
- Fanfare on DLH (2006)
- Land of the Martyrs
- March of the Conch Republic
- Of Sun and Swans
- On My Heart Imprint Your Images
- Onward Christian Soldiers
- Our Hope for Years to Come (2008)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Brusick, William R." Accessed 22 July 2022
- William Brusick website – Accessed 23 August 2023