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Bruce Pearson is an internationally known author, composer, clinician, and conductor. He is perhaps best known for his authorship of the Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band and Enhanced Band Methods and for his co-authorship of the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble and Advanced Jazz Ensemble methods (Neil A. Kjos Music Company), which are currently regarded as the most influential publications for beginning band and jazz band instruction.
Pearson has taught at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels for 30 years. In December 1998 he was awarded, in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to music education,” the Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor.