Brett Bawcum is Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Georgia. He shares responsibility for design, instruction, and administration of the Redcoat Marching Band and serves as its primary drill-writer. He also directs the Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands, conducts the Concert Winds, serves as Associate Conductor of the Symphonic Band, supervises student teachers, and teaches courses in a variety of areas including Instrumentation/Arranging and Marching Band Techniques.
Mr. Bawcum has been the creative force behind many of the most beloved traditions and performances of the Redcoat Marching Band and Georgia Football. He was a key member of the inaugural UGA Spirit Committee that developed the Dawg Walk. He designed the celebrated post-9/11 tribute by the Redcoat Band. He was the first Redcoat show designer to form The Arch in a Redcoat Band show. He created the “Angel Tag” version of “Glory to Georgia” by fusing existing Tom Wallace arrangements into the modern signal of Bulldog victory. He also conceived and implemented the “Larry Munson Battle Hymn” tradition in the Redcoat Band Pregame Show, along with composing Mr. Munson’s now legendary spoken celebration of the past and future of Georgia Football. This production, which builds upon Jeff Simmons’ arrangement of the UGA school song, is believed to be among the first real-time interactions between live marching band and pre-taped stadium video and audio. It was recently voted “Greatest Georgia Football Tradition” by Georgia fans.
Mr. Bawcum is in active arranger and composer for collegiate and high school marching and concert bands throughout the U.S. His conducting, arranging, and/or performing work can also be found on commercial recordings by such artists as Band of Horses, Half Dozen Brass Band, and Modern Skirts. He has also served as producer, associate producer, or editor for seven recordings on the Mark, Summitt, and Naxos labels.
Mr. Bawcum's professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary).