Brad Ciechomski (b. 1959) received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of New Hampshire, where he studied composition with Andrew Boysen Jr. After a 39-year career teaching middle school, he is now retired. Brad was the Director of Bands at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, Maine, where he taught instrumental music in grades 4–8. During this time, Brad was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” and was one of 51 educators in the country to receive the American Star of Teaching.
As a widely-published composer, Brad has received commissions for concert and jazz bands at every grade level, elementary through college. HIs music is published with KJOS, Alfred, FJH and Kendor music publishers. 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, appearing on stage with jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Mel Torme, Bob Mintzer, New York Voices, Wayne Bergeron, Conrad Herwig, John Faddis, Eric Marienthal and Jeff Coffin, to name a few. He has even rocked out with David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as backing up comedian icon, 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