Born: 1970 Primary Instrument: Percussion
Chicago area percussionist and educator, Douglass Bratt has performed at the Jazz à Vienne, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as noted Chicago venues such as the Green Mill, Pops for Champagne and Jazz Showcase. He has collaborated with fellow musicians Neal Alger, Tito Carrillo, JoAnn Daugherty, Joey Sellers, Brad Stirtz, Liam Teague and John Wojciechowski. In 2006, Bratt joined with saxophonist/composer, Douglas Stone, to create the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released their full-length debut album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in June 2008. Bratt has taught students ranging in age from four to eighty and has been a clinician/visiting artist at the University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout the Chicago area.
Currently, Douglass Bratt is an assistant professor of music at Moraine Valley Community College where he serves as coordinator of Academic Music, instructor of applied percussion and directs the college’s jazz ensemble, concert band and percussion ensemble. Additionally, he is a strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and is presently serving a three-year term as Secretary/Treasurer for the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
Bratt received a Bachelor’s degree in music and a Master’s degree in music with an emphasis in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bratt has studied traditional African drumming and dance with Ghanaian master drummer, Frederic Kwasi Dunyo. His primary percussion instructors include Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore and William Elliott, MSG.