While recording CDs for artists like KISS, WILLIE NELSON, MICHAEL WOLFF, TRIBAL TECH, DAVID BENOIT, RICK BRAUN, VINNY GOLIA, ALANIS MORRISETTE ,LEANN RIMES, MITCH FORMAN, KIM RICHMOND, RICKIE LEE JONES, HANDS’ONSEMBLE and actors JEFF BRIDGES and RONNY COX, Brad Dutz tries to bring the strangest percussion instruments he has to the session to create a unique sound. He can be heard on TV shows KING OF THE HILL, FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, ENTERPRISE and FIREFLY. Some of the movies that Brad has played on include LAST VEGAS, BATTLESHIP, BOURNE LEGACY ,COWBOYS and ALIENS, PRINCE OF EGYPT, SYRIANA, HILDAGO, RUGRATS GO WILD,STAR TREK 5, OCEAN’S ELEVEN , ANCHORMAN, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE ,TRANSFORMERS 1 and 2 , RUSH HOUR 3, RUN DOWN and I SPY, and also IMAX films MYSTERIES OF EGYPT, MT. KILAMANJARO , AMAZON and ISLAND of SHARKS.
As a member of BMI, Dutz has produced over 30 CDs as a leader, has composed all the music on more than 20 of those recordings and is the owner of the publishing company LEAKY SPLEEN music. The ensembles he has written for cover a wide range of instrumental combinations-everything from solo pieces to nonets are featured. In 1990, Dutz started his composition studies, mainly of 20th century music, privately with composers TERRY PLUMERI, RON JONES, RUSSELL STEINBERG. In addition to CD projects, he has composed for dance and theatre companies, as well as for television and film. 2013 saw the fourth release of his latest quartet project featuring a unique instrumental combination of mallet percussion, oboe, cello and bass clarinet, entitled "Peripheral Hearing". Other recent ensembles include The Other Three (a trio with Kim Richmond and John Fumo),Obliteration Quartet (featured as the subject of a 2002 documentary film), Polarity Taskmasters (keyboards, voice, theremin, percussion) and the duet CD with reedman VINNY GOLIA.
As an educator, Brad has taught hand percussion at Cal State Long Beach since 1997. He has conducted hundreds of clinics at colleges and high schools on a variety of topics, including studio work, composing for percussion, CD production and freelancing. He has also conducted master classes and lectures at many schools including University of Kentucky, Cal Arts, Saddleback College, Chapman College, NIU, WINONA State in MN. Cal State LA, Indiana University,UNT, WEBER College,USC, UCLA, EIU, Eagle Rock Community Center,Southern Methodist University, ISU, University of Indiana, MILLIKIN, Pierce College, University Of Nebraska, Southern Utah University, Brigham Young, Utah State, University of ALASKA Fairbanks and many others. Dutz has been featured on the DVD, “HAVE FUN PLAYING HAND DRUMS” which teaches newcomers about playing hand percussion. In addition, he’s written a monthly column for Drum Magazine on hand percussion and he has written three books featuring his compositions “Manipulations In Sound And Time”, “Music For Hand Percussion” and “Percussion Pieces For Duos, Trios and Quartets”. In 2012, his latest compositions were published by HONEYROCK music. Brad Dutz’s endorsements include INNOVATIVE PERCUSSION, REMO,YAMAHA, PAISTE and ROLAND.