Craig Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he studied composition with Stephen Heinemann. He obtained his Masters in Music Composition in 2003 from the University of Illinois in Champaign. While there, he studied composition under Stephen Taylor and Rick Taube and also served as a teaching assistant, instructing undergraduate theory and ear-training courses.
In 2001, Craig won the Creative Division of the Bradley University Research and Creative Achievement Exhibition with Subliminal Designs, a composition designed using music notation through alternative visual representations. Craig was also a finalist in the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2001 and 2003. In 2005, he was chosen as a participant in the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project sponsored by Bands of America.
Craig has been commissioned to write concert band literature for various jr. high, high school, and community professional bands. His compositions for orchestra, choir, soloists, and small ensembles have been performed across the Midwest. Additionally, Craig composes original music, arranges, and writes drill for competitive marching bands.
Craig marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps baritone line in 1998. He also maintains an extensive private brass studio, teaching trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba lessons to students of all ages. Craig is the brass instructor and arranger for the class 2a state champion Morton High School marching band He is also an affiliate instructor of music theory and ear-training at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
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