Mr. Pulverenti began playing percussion when he was six years old and eventually graduated as Valedictorian of his class in 2002 from Canastota Jr./Sr. High School in the Upstate region of New York State. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in Music Education with Performance Honors/Percussion Emphasis in May of 2006 and moved to the state of California three months later. Brad holds a California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music and a New York State Teaching Certificate in Music, Levels K-12 Initial. He has taught music in the public school system at all primary and secondary grade levels. Most recently, Mr. Pulverenti was the Director of Instrumental Music at Gaspar de Portola Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District where he taught concert band, marching band, string orchestra, jazz ensemble, guitar, and general music classes since the Fall of 2008. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the faculty of James Madison High School, another educational establishment in the San Diego Unified School District, and Integrity Charter School, an elementary institution in the National School District. Brad was selected as the winner of the “2011 David Paul Schuchman Memorial Award’s for San Diego Unified School District Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year and has been active as an adjudicator and clinician in the Southern California region. He has participated in a couple of summer conducting symposiums sponsored by the College Band Director’s National Association (CBDNA) and has received instruction from several notable wind band conductors including Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirchhoff, Steven Peterson, and Richard Blatti. Mr. Pulverenti is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi’s National Honorary Fraternity for College Band Members, and a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, and National Education Association. Brad is very excited to be furthering his musical studies at the Western Michigan University School of Music where he will be pursuing a Master of Music in Wind Conducting and working as a Teaching Assistant in the University Bands Department.