Brad Ciechomski (b. 1959) has retired from teaching school after a 39 year career. He was the Director of Bands at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, Maine where he taught instrumental music in grades 4-8. In Yarmouth, he conducted four concert bands and three jazz bands. Brad received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of New Hampshire where he studied composition with Andrew Boysen Jr. Being a career middle school teacher and jazz educator, Brad has a good sense of "what works" when it comes to school bands, students needs and interests.
During his tenure in Yarmouth, Maine, Brad was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” and was one of 51 teachers in the USA to receive the American Star of Teaching.
As a composer, Brad has received commissions for concert and jazz bands at every grade level, elementary through college. Brad’s music is published nationally with Kjos Music, Alfred Music, Kendor and FJH Music. His published works are often chosen as “editor’s choice” by the distributor, JW Pepper. As a veteran middle school educator, Brad has focused his writing on the middle level bands.
Aside from composing, Brad is active in New England as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor at district and state music festivals and competitions.
A performer at heart, Brad stays busy as a freelance drummer with local, regional and national artists in the greater New England Area. Brad has appeared on stage with jazz great such as Clark Terry, Mel Torme, Bob Mintzer, The New York Voices, Wayne Bergeron, and Conrad Herwig, John Faddis, Eric Marienthal and Jeff Coffin just to name a few. He has even rocked out with David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as backed up comedian great, Joan Rivers.
Brad lives in South Portland, Maine with his bass playing wife. When not busy with music, you’ll find him out on the Atlantic in his boat “Sea Major 7”.
Accolades and Awards
March 20, 2015
• Guest Conductor of the NH Midle Level Honor Band, Derry NH. Also, the festival Commissioned an original composition by Brad titled "Ascending the Crystal Hill" premiered at the festival,
February 28, 2015
• Guest Conductor of the Southern Maine MS Honor Band in Westbrook, Me
Numerous guest conducting and adjudicating appearances in Maine and NH.
"Teacher of the Year" Yarmouth Schools 2008-09
"American Star of Teaching"
National Award from Department of Education, Washington, 2011
2010 - present
2010 - present