Gary Brattin, D.M.A
Low Brass
Director of Athletic Bands

Department of Music, Box 4029
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
(620) 341-5295

   Dr. Gary Brattin


Dr. Gary Brattin is the Athletic Band Director and Low Brass Instructor at Emporia State University. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Washington, serving as Graduate Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Conducted several UW concert bands, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Campus Band and Summer Band. His Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance and dual-emphasis Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Instrumental Conducting are both from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Brattin was previously Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where he conducted the symphonic band, athletic bands, brass choir and taught applied low brass. He was also Director of Bands at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Other wind ensembles conducted include the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble, Sirens Concert Band, and is currently Conductor of the Yuetao Symphonic Wind Ensemble, each from Taiwan.

Previous K-12 teaching positions include the bands at Northglenn High School (Colorado), middle school bands and elementary school strings at International School Bangkok (Thailand), and the bands at Taipei Municipal Chien Kuo, Chung Shan Girls, Ching Mei Girls Sr. High Schools (Taiwan).

On the tuba, Brattin performed frequently with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and held Principal Tuba positions with the Boulder Philharmonic, Taiwan Symphony, Taipei Symphony, and Taipei Sinfonietta & Philharmonic Orchestras. He has won three concerto competitions and has been a featured soloist with professional and collegiate orchestras and wind ensembles on numerous occasions.

Gary has written chapters on composers Chen Qian and Rolf Rudin in “A Composer’s Insight: Thought, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band – Volume V” ed. Timothy Salzman. Meredith Publications / Hal Leonard (2012).

With his extensive background in the marching activity, having written drills to over 260 band and corps shows and counting.

Active internationally as a music adjudicator, clinician, tubist, show designer and guest conductor, Dr. Brattin has made music in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and throughout the United States.


ESU Marching Hornets

Low Brass Studio