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Bruce Gleason

Professor

Music

  • Education
  • BA, Music, Crown College
    BS, Music Education, University of Minnesota
    MA, Music Education, University of Minnesota
    Diploma, Army Basic Music Course, Armed Forces School of Music
    PhD, Music Education, University of Iowa
  • Expertise
  • Military music history, Music education history
  • Research Interests
  • Cavalry music history

Personal Website

Stemming from a career that has spanned all levels of instrumental and vocal music instruction, kindergarten through graduate school, Bruce Gleason teaches and advises students within Graduate Programs in Music Education. He has published over fifty articles in music education and music history, and is the founding editor of the on-line research journal, Research and Issues in Music Education. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Director of International Education at St. Thomas, from 2014 to 2016 as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and from 2016-2018 as the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement in the College of Education Leadership & Counseling (now College of Education). Dr. Gleason served as the Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism from March 2018 to July 2019.

A former euphonium player with the 298th U.S. Army Band of the Berlin Brigade, Dr. Gleason researches the history of cavalry music throughout the world and lectures in the area of band history. His research in band and music education history has been published in Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Renaissance, Winds, TUBA Journal, BDGuide, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, The Irish American Post, MHQ: the Quarterly Journal of Military History, National Guard Magazine, Military Collector and Historian, Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, The Journal of the Military Music Society, and the Galpin Society Journal. His work in pedagogy and comprehensive musicianship has been published in Kjos Band News, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra, and Contributions to Music Education.

Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums: Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 1820–1940 was released by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2016.

In addition to his on-campus and research work, Dr. Gleason is the senior choir director for Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.


Gleason, B.P. (2016). Sound the trumpet, beat the drums: Horse-¬‐Mounted bands of the U.S. Army, 1820 – 1940. Norman Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma.

Gleason, B. P. (2015). Military music in the United States: A historical examination of performance and training. Music Educators Journal, 101(3), 37 – 46.

Gleason, B. P. (2011, Winter). Military music in the 106th Cavalry: The mounted band of the Chicago Black Horse Troop, 1929 – 1940. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 104(4), 301 – 335.

Gleason, B.P. (2009). The mounted band and field musicians of the U.S. 7th Cavalry during the time of the Plains Indian Wars. Historic Brass Society Journal, 21, 69 – 91.

Gleason, B.P. (2009, April). Cavalry and court trumpeters and kettledrummers from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Galpin Society Journal, 62, 31 – 54.

Gleason, B.P. (2008, April). Cavalry trumpet and kettledrum practice from the time of the Celts and Romans to the Renaissance. Galpin Society Journal, 61, 231 – 239.

Gleason, B. P. (2006). A chronicle of the pre-¬‐World War II cavalry bands of the U.S. National Guard⎯with recollections of those who rode. Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 13, 17 – 30.

Gleason, B.P. (2006, April). U.S. mounted bands and cavalry field musicians in the Union Army during the Civil War—background, duties, and training. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 27(2), 102 – 119.

Gleason, B. P. (2005, Winter). Horse-¬‐mounted military musicians in battle and on parade. MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, 17(2), 80 – 83.