Pete BarenBregge is currently Editor for Jazz Products for Alfred Publications/Belwin Jazz. His editorial responsibilities include acquisition/project manager for jazz ensemble and combo arrangements, improvisation, transcription, etude and pedagogical materials along with producing educational CDs. As a freelance professional musician, he is recognized nationally as a saxophone/flute artist, clinician, educator and adjudicator. A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, (GRAMMYS), he has served two terms on the board of governors for the Washington, D.C. chapter of NARAS. He has written numerous articles for Down Beat Magazine and is a contributing author for various educational publications. In addition, Mr. BarenBregge is the musical director of the Columbia Jazz Band, Columbia, Maryland.
Mr. BarenBregge received his B.S. degree in Music Education from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. Following his graduation, he taught instrumental music in the Brandywine School District in Wilmington, DE. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at educational jazz festivals and all state jazz events.
Mr. BarenBregge is the former Musical Director and NCOIC of the United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note, Washington, D.C. In addition to his leadership of this premier jazz ensemble, he performed as lead jazz tenor saxophonist during his 20-year military career. He has been a featured soloist on 19 Airmen of Note albums and the producer of seven of the group's recordings.
Mr. BarenBregge has done extensive recording for radio, television, and record singles. He has collaborated with top names including Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mel Torme, Diana Ross, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and many others. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and 33 countries.
Mr. BarenBregge leads his own jazz quartet and released his first CD in 2001 titled PF Flyer by the Pete BarenBregge-Frank Russo Quartet available on Summit Records (DCD312) and received a 3 star rating in DownBeat magazine. "Pete BarenBregge possesses technical and improvising gifts on all saxophones. His solos hold plenty of ideas and logic, building with a clear and concise vision as he tells his stories." DownBeat, August 2002. "...BarenBregge swings through the up tunes with assurance and approaches the ballads with refined expressiveness" JazzTimes, June 2002. From his second CD Point of Grace released in 2003, "...BarenBregge solos with skill and expression..." DownBeat, January 2004 by the Pete BarenBregge-Frank Russo Group. Available on Summit Records (DCD358).