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Brad Shores

  • Director of pep band and steel band
  • Education:
  • B.A., Music/Education, Fort Hays State University


Brad Shores leads Threshold, the athletic band, and the Bethel College Steel Drum Band.

After graduating with his B.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., Brad was a drumline instructor, and then began his public teaching career in Phoenix in 1986 as a strings instructor in the Paradise Valley school district. From 1989-2000, he was band director at Nickerson (Kan.) USD 309, where he was twice recognized as district Teacher of the Year. While at Nickerson, he started several innovative programs like “Rebel Drums,” an indoor percussion unit, “Stinkin Garbage,” a novelty trash-can band, and the steel drum band.

Brad continued his teaching career at Haven (Kan.) USD 312 from 2000-16, 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, with 200 original compositions and arrangements, 12 method books and a YouTube channel to his credit. His own steel drum band, Tropical Shores, 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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