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Brad Shores

  • Athletics Band Director, Music Instructor BCAPA, Music
  • Athletics Band Director, Music Instructor BCAPA, Athletics
  • Education:
  • B.A. Fort Hays State University - Music Education


Brad Shores currently leads the Athletic Band and Steel drum Band at Bethel College in North Newton,KS. After graduating with his BA, Brad instructed the drumline of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps. He began his public teaching career in Phoenix, AZ in 1986 as a strings instructor in the Paradise Valley School district. From 1989 to 2000, Brad served as band director at Nickerson USD 309 in Nickerson, KS and was twice recognized as district teach of the year. While at Nickerson, Brad started several innovative programs like “Rebel Drums”, an indoor percussion unit, “Stinkin Garbage”, a novelty trash band, and the steel drum band. He continued his teaching career at Haven USD 312 from 2000-2016 where his groups consistently achieved high scores at festivals. In 2016, Brad was recognized as the Kansas Music Educator of the Year. He is probably best known for his work in the steel drum world, having 200 compositions and arrangements, 12 method books, and a youtube channel to his credit. His band, “Tropical Shores Steel Drums” has performed at many festivals and special events since 1989. In addition, Brad is a popular clinician, adjudicator, and performer in and around Kansas.

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.