School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Bachelor of Music in Composition, North Texas State University
Master of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
Master of Music in Trumpet Performance, University of North Texas
Doctor of Arts in Music, Trumpet Performance, University of Northern Colorado
For more than 20 years, he performed as Principal trumpet with two major church orchestras
in Fort Worth, Texas, playing many styles of music each week from Big Band to Bach
as well as movie scores and commercial arrangements. He also worked as a freelance
player providing chamber music with string quartets, brass quintets, and jazz combos.
He has performed with the Fort Collins, Cheyenne, and Britt Festival orchestras and
conducted the student ensemble at the Western State Trumpet Conference (Gunnison,
CO) in 2006.
He is an active composer and arranger creating music for trumpet ensemble, jazz bands and combos, church orchestras, chamber music groups and has produced several editions for solo trumpet. He has studied composition and arranging with William Latham, Paris Rutherford, and David Caffey.
His trumpet teachers include John Harbaugh, Leonard Candelaria, Keith Johnson, John Wacker, Kathryn James (baroque trumpet) and John Holt at the University of North Texas where he completed his Masters in Performance and took full advantage of the jazz studies program. While completing his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado, he studied with Robert Murray and served as director of a lab band and the jazz guitar ensemble.
His dissertation, titled The Improvisational Style of Terence Blanchard, analyzed 36 transcribed solos of the artists and synthesized that information into a concise description of his style. He has presented papers at conferences of the College Music Society, Historic Brass Society, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
Dr. Brooks is currently teaching the History of Rock & Roll. His research interests also include Jazz History, analysis, and scholarship, Baroque performance practice, and film music.