Bret is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree, where he studied percussion with Dan Peterson.
He is Caption Head and Battery Arranger with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret is also adjunct faculty at Vandercook College of Music, Northern Illinois University, and Prospect High School.
Bret served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, who won six World Championships and five High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, from 2006-2008. In 2010, he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Bret is very active as an arranger for various high schools and universities throughout the United States and Japan. He was a former percussion arranger for LD Bell High School (2006-2009) and Broken Arrow High School (2012-2013), to name a few Bands of America (BOA) finalists. He also arranges for Northern Illinois University and The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drumline from Nagoya, Japan.
Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes magazine, and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP. He travels extensively presenting clinics across the United States, Japan, and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo, and Innovative Percussion.