07.17.2008 // Brett Dietz Joins Dynasty USA



Dynasty USA Percussion is proud to announce the addition of Brett Dietz to the Dynasty USA Percussion family. We are very excited about the wealth of knowledge and musicianship that Brett brings to the company. We know that Brett will be a huge help in furthering our concert percussion instruments here at Dynasty USA. We are very lucky to have Brett on board with us and we are looking forward to a great relationship with Mr. Dietz..

Read more about Brett Dietz.



Brett William Dietz is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Louisiana State
University School of Music. He is the music director of Hamiruge (the LSU Percussion
Group). He earned the Bachelor of Music in Percussion and the Master of Music in
Composition/Theory from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. In
2004, Dietz earned his Doctorate of Music from Northwestern University. He has
studied percussion with Jack DiIanni, Andrew Reamer, Stanley Leonard, and Michael
Burritt while his principal composition teachers include Joseph W. Jenkins, David Stock,
and Jay Alan Yim.
Dietz is in demand as a clinician and soloist throughout the United States. He has
performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and is a founding
member of the Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble. TFPE has performed throughout the
United States and Europe and has released two compact discs (Tempus Fugit and Push
Button, Turn Crank) that have received great critical acclaim. Dietz’s new compact disk,
Seven Ghosts was released in 2006. He performs with and conducts Hamiruge on
Stanley Leonard’s new recording Collage and also performs on Michael Burritt’s newest
release, Waking Dreams.
An avid composer, Dietz's music has been performed throughout the United States,
Europe, East Asia and Australia by numerous ensembles including the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble, Pittsburgh New !Music Ensemble, River City Brass
Band, Northwestern University Wind Symphony, Louisiana State University Wind
Ensemble, Duquesne University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University of Scranton
Wind Symphony, the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble, Ju Percussion
Ensemble, Malmo Percussion Group, and the University of Kentucky Percussion
Ensemble. His compositions have been featured at the 1998 College Band Directors
National Association Eastern Division Conference, and the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dietz's composition, Pandora's Box
received its New York Premiere at Carnegi!e Music Hall by the National Wind Ensemble
conducted by H. Robert Reynolds. His opera Headcase was premiered in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Called “haunting and powerful – a remarkably sophisticated score that
blends words, music and visual displays to touch the heart and mind” by the Pittsburgh
Tribune Review, the opera relives the story of the stroke Dietz suffered in 2002.
He was a recipient of the 2005 Merrill Jones Young Composers Band Composition
Contest, the 2002 H. Robert Reynolds Composition Contest, 3rd Place Winner of the
2002 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, and the 2001 Pittsburgh Foundation
Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. His composition five-0 for brass quintet
received an award from WFMT (Chicago Classical Radio) and was premiered live on the
air as part of the station's 50th anniversary (2001).
In addition to his work at Louisiana State University, he has also served on the music
faculties of Duquesne University, Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA), and the
Merit School of Music in Chicago.