Woodwind artist Bret Pimentel is comfortable in a wide variety of musical settings. He is at home with the classical solo repertoire of the saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, as well as chamber and symphonic music, jazz, and rock and pop. In addition to the major modern woodwinds, he is skilled at woodwinds with a variety of cultural origins, as well as the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument.
Bret’s varied career has included performances with Dave Brubeck, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Temptations, the King’s Singers, the O’Jays, Brooklyn Rider, Guy Hovis, Mimi Fox, Terry “Big T” Williams, Tricia Walker and more. His regular performing groups have included Countdown to Ecstasy, the Xenos Quartet, the Delta Symphony, and the Georgia Double Reed Ensemble.
Bret teaches applied oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone at Delta State University, as well as chamber music, woodwind methods, and jazz courses. He has also taught applied woodwind lessons at Clemson University and Brigham Young University, and woodwind methods courses at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Woodwind Basics: Core concepts for playing and teaching flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone.
In 2009 Bret received the degree Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in multiple woodwinds performance. His dissertation research dealt with the use of folk, ethnic, and period woodwinds in film and theater music. His master’s degree, also in multiple woodwinds performance, is from Indiana University, and his bachelor’s degree, in saxophone performance, is from Brigham Young University.