Dr. Brent Bristow is the Director of Bands and head of the Department of Music at Arkansas State University-Beebe, where he holds the rank of Professor. He has earned degrees in music education and performance from Arkansas State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from the University of Memphis. His principal teachers include Ken Hatch, Dr. John Sampen, and Allen Rippe, and in 2008, he collaborated with Donald Sinta to write a biography on the noted saxophonist. Dr. Bristow has taught in Arkansas for nearly 2 decades, including positions at Rivercrest High School and Hoxie High School, where his bands consistently received top honors. As a saxophonist, he maintains an active performing schedule, and has performed throughout the United States and in 2013, gave three performances at the World Saxophone Congress held in St. Andrews, Scotland. He been regularly featured as a guest artists appearing with the Enterprise Blues Band and the Star Trek Rat Pack, and has performed side-by-side with numerous legendary Star Trek actors, including William Shatner. Dr. Bristow is a Performing Artist and Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America.
DMA - Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Memphis
MM - Masters of Music, Arkansas State University- Jonesboro
BME - Bachelors of Music Education, Arkansas State University- Jonesboro