Brad Harner – Percussion

Brad began his formal musical training on piano at age nine and continued with classical lessons for ten years. At age twelve, he began playing drums in the school band program in Madison, Indiana. As college loomed on his horizon, he decided to forgo his original intent of studying computer science at Purdue University and pursue a
Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance at Indiana University. While in Bloomington, Brad played percussion in many different settings (percussion ensembles, orchestras, concert bands, and jazz bands) culminating in two recitals that featured a variety of percussion compositions in diverse musical styles (not the least of which were a Jeff Beck tune for his junior recital and a Dixie Dregs song for his senior recital performed with his rock band, Graffiti, and an Eric Johnson solo guitar piece transcribed for marimba). The aforementioned rock band also appeared as the Screaming Yaardvarks, performing a ridiculous song entitled “Mr. PotatoHead” on the1988 Live
from Bloomington
album, a compilation of original recordings from local musicians which benefitted the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

After graduation, Brad began teaching percussion in various public schools and music stores around the Indianapolis area. He started teaching at McGuire Music upon moving to Lafayette, Indiana in 1994. Subsequently he landed the Principal Percussion position with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, a chair he held for two years before going back to school to pursue a Masters degree in Educational Technology at Purdue University.
Brad has participated in many situations throughout his career, playing and recording rock, jazz, country, blues, gospel, Latin, and orchestral music. Most recently he has been playing hand percussion and drum set, splitting his time between Covenant Church in West Lafayette and Scott Greeson. For the past ten years, he has joined
guitarist Jeff Anderson, a fellow McGuire Music teacher and I.U. alum, on stage and in the studio, appearing on his 2008 album Soldiers Home Road.