With Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums in print, Dr. Gleason has now returned to the researching and writing of what was going to be the initial book, but in fact will be its prequel:  Cavalry Trumpeters, Kettledrummers and Mounted Bands: From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century.

Image depicting Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca  by Abu Muhammad al Qasim ibn Ali al-Hariri (1054 – 1122), illustrated by Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti, and published in 1237. Courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Kettledrummers and trumpeters, shown leading Count Ladislaw Bercheny’s French hussar regiment, c. 1752 – 1763. Late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century, after the original anonymous painting in the Cottereau collection. Oil on canvas, 66 x 152 cm. 5857; Ec116. © Musée de l'Armée/Dist. RMN-Grand

7th Queen's Own Hussars, Harry Payne

The completion of the book is several years away. Please see "Cavalry Trumpet and Kettledrum Practice from the Time of the Celts and Romans to the Renaissance" published in the 2008 issue of the Galpin Society Journal for a preview.

A third book that is still in Shutterfly format is U.S. Army, Gleason, September 1988  – September 1991, which tells the story of how Gleason found himself as an enlisted low brass player in the 298th Army Band of the Berlin Brigade after having been an elementary and high school music teacher and band and choir director in northern Minnesota for six years.

The book contains hundreds of photos over three years encompassing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, musical training at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and daily life and performances in one of the greatest cities in the world.  Included in these events are various changes of command, "platz gigs," a performance for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, pre-reunification ceremonies, and an historic performance at an East German Soviet army base.


Along with his memories, the text is based on scans of the thirty letters and articles Dr. Gleason wrote for the NorthStar News of Karlstad, Minnesota during his enlistment. 


298th Army Big Band, Independence Day, 1990, United States Military Liaison Mission at Potsdam. Gleason third trombone down the line.

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Stemming from a career that has spanned all levels of instrumental and vocal music instruction, kindergarten through graduate school, Bruce Gleason teaches and advises students within Graduate Programs in Music Education. He has published over fifty articles in music education and music history, and is the founding editor of the on-line research journal, Research and Issues in Music Education. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Director of International Education at St. Thomas, from 2014 to 2016 as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and from 2016-2018 as the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement in the College of Education Leadership & Counseling. Dr. Gleason has been appointed as the Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism as of March 2018.


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.

In addition to his academic and research work, Dr. Gleason is the senior choir director for Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and has worked as a model and commercial actor .

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