Brad studied music privately throughout his youth. After high school he studied at the University of North Texas and Berklee College of music. In 1982 he moved to Los Angeles and began free-lancing until 1984 when he joined Maynard Ferguson and toured around the country. In addition to his nine solo CDs Krin, Camels, Railroads, Grill, Making Ice, Obliteration Quartet, My Bongo, John Holmes Brad Dutz duos and the first Brad Dutz CD, he has co-produced twelve others and has performed as a sideman for 210 titles. In 1995 Warner Brothers and Interworld selected Brad to do eight videotapes for beginners entitled "Have Fun Playing Hand drums." Currently he can be heard on TV shows King of the Hill, Muppet Christmas, Family Guy, American Dad, Enterprise, and Firefly.
Some of the movies that Brad has played on are Prince of Egypt, Incredible Hulk, Hildago, Rugrats Go Wild, Star Trek 5, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Hollywood Homicide, Run Down, Anchorman, All the Pretty Horses, and I Spy. In addition, Bras has recorded for IMAX films including Mysteries of Egypt, Mt. Kilamanjaro, Amazon, and Island of Sharks. While recording CDs for artists like Alanis Morrisette, KISS, Willie Nelson, Tribal Tech, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Vinny Golia, Lee Ann Ryhmes, Mitch Forman, Terence Trent Darby, Rickie Lee Jones, Hands On’Semble, and Jeff Bridges, Brad tries to bring the strangest percussion instruments he has to the session to create a unique sound. Every year he travels to colleges and stores to do clinics and concerts on hand percussion and mallets.
In addition to playing mallets, hand percussion is his specialty. He has studied many instruments: congas, berimbau, bata, bodhran, bones, pandiero, djembe, tabla, kanjira, doumbec, riq, and others. His endorsements include Vic Firth, Paiste, Remo, and Mountain Rhythm in addition to performing as a Yamaha Artist. Since becoming a member of the part-time faculty of Cal State Long Beach, Brad has finished two books, "Practicing Music on Hand Percussion," "Duos, Trios, and Quartets for Percussion," and "32 Jazz Tunes." His Obliteration quartet was the subject of a documentary film in 2002.