Stemming from a career that has spanned all levels of instrumental and vocal music instruction, kindergarten through graduate school, Bruce Gleason is a professor of music history and music education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has published over fifty articles in both areas, and is the founding editor of the on-line research journal, Research and Issues in Music Education. From 2012 to 2014, he served as St. Thomas's Director of International Education, from 2014 to 2016 as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and from 2016 to 2018 as the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement in the College of Education Leadership & Counseling. From March 2018 to July 2019 Dr. Gleason served as the Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism.
A former euphonium player with the 298th U.S. Army Band of the Berlin Brigade, Dr. Gleason researches the history of cavalry music throughout the world and lectures in the area of band history. His research in band and music education history has been published in Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Renaissance, Winds, TUBA Journal, BDGuide, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, The Irish American Post, MHQ: the Quarterly Journal of Military History, National Guard Magazine, Military Collector and Historian, Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, The Journal of the Military Music Society, and the Galpin Society Journal. His work in pedagogy and comprehensive musicianship has been published in Kjos Band News, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra, and Contributions to Music Education.
Dr. Gleason holds a B.A. in music from Crown College, a B.S. and M.A. in music education from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Iowa. In addition to his on-campus and research work, he is the senior choirmaster for Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and has worked as a model and commercial actor for 25 years.