Craig Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor
of Music degree in Composition from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where
he studied composition with Stephen Heinemann. He obtained his Masters in Music
Composition in 2003 from the University of Illinois in Champaign. As a graduate
student, he studied composition under Stephen Taylor and Rick Taube and also served
as a teaching assistant, instructing undergraduate theory and ear training courses.
Since then, Craig has had the opportunity to work closely with such noted composers
as Jack Stamp, David Maslanka, and David Holsinger.
In 2001, Craig won the Creative
Division of the Bradley University Research and Creative Achievement Exhibition
with Subliminal Designs, a composition that was designed using music notation
through alternative visual representations. Craig was also a finalist in the ASCAP
Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2001 and 2003. In 2005, he was
chosen to participate in the National Band Association's Young Composer Mentor
Project, sponsored by Bands of America.
Craig has been commissioned to write
concert band literature for several junior high and high schools in the Midwest.
His compositions for orchestra, choir, small ensemble and solo performance have
been performed at Bradley University, the University of Illinois, and the University
Craig marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps baritone
line in 1998, and in recent years has been involved with the Cavaliers' brass
staff. Since 2001, he has taught competitive marching brass at Morton High School,
and has arranged music for competitive high school marching bands in central Illinois.
Additionally, he has several years of experience designing marching band drill
formations. Currently, he maintains an extensive private brass studio, teaching
trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba lessons to students of all
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