Academic Music Department
Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble

Directed by Douglass Bratt

May 12, 2022

Dorothy Menker Theater

Selections for this evening’s performance will be chosen from the following:

Abbey Road
George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Arranged by Brad Stirtz

All About Dat Trash
Ed Argenziano

Bang the Drum All Day
Todd Rundgren
Arranged by Chris Brooks

Big Country
Béla Fleck
Arranged by Olin Johannessen

Brush Hour
Alex Stopa

Clif Walker

Head Talk
Mark Ford

Married Life
Michael Giacchino
Arranged by Alex Stopa

Totally Toto: A Medley of Totally Awesome Toe-Tappin’ Toto Tunes for Percussion Ensemble
David Paich and Jeff Porcaro
Arranged by Doug Bratt

Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble Spring 2022 Personnel:

Isaias Gomez, Moraine Valley Student
Maria Kryszak, Retail Sales
Jonathan Michalik, Software Engineer III
Thomas O’Brien, Retired
Bianca Puig, Moraine Valley Student/Guitar Center
Nicholas Sanchez, Student/UPS
Arianna Simmons, Outreach Librarian
Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley Communications Specialist/Sports Information Coordinator
Luke Wlazlo, Moraine Valley Student
Christine Wyatt, General Music Teacher


Doug Brat

Douglass Bratt
Director, Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble
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 Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill and Millennium Park. He has worked alongside colleagues such as Kyle Asche, Kimberly Gordon, Stuart Mindeman, Sarah Marie Young, Jo Ann Daugherty, Victor Garcia, Rich Moore and Liam Teague. In addition, Bratt performed with Under the Streetlamp, a group featuring the former Chicago cast of Jersey Boys, in their second national PBS television special. 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 album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in 2008.

Bratt has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 80 and has been a clinician/visiting artist at DePaul University, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout Illinois. Other invited appearances include guest directing the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 8 Senior Jazz Ensemble, presenting at the 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) and serving as a panelist for the 2012 and 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). Under his direction, the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2017 IMEC. In 2015 Bratt was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Co-Curricular Hall of Fame.

Bratt is a tenured 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. A strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Bratt was host of the 2016 Illinois PAS Day of Percussion and has served as both president and secretary/treasurer of the Illinois PAS Chapter. Douglass Bratt also is proud to be a Remo Education Artist and Balter Mallets Artist.

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, where he toured for three years in the acclaimed NIU Jazz Ensemble. Additional scholarship includes a bachelor’s in

history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and African drumming and dance studies with Ghanaian master-drummer, Frederic Kwasi Dunyo. His principal percussion instructors are Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore, and William Elliott, SGM.

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Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Art Gallery Coordinator—Cecilia Vargas

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Robin Kmiec, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Technical Crew—Jaclyn Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Samm Hilger, Jessica Miller, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa, Quintin Turnbow

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