Author: Rich Breske

Rich grew up on Chicago’s south side and attended Marist High School, where he was an active member and drum major of the school’s marching band. He attended Elmhurst College, receiving a degree in marketing and music-business. His early career included time at the Chicago Symphony and Ravinia Festival organizations, as well as classes at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Rich’s career has been dedicated to music education. He has worked closely with educators, professionals, retail businesses and corporations. He has established key education partnerships and has served on the board of directors for several non-profit education organizations. For the past seven years, he has provided executive planning and marketing acumen for 21st century companies through Strategic Marketing Management, LLC.

Prior to opening his own firm, he served in key management roles at KHS America, Inc., the Conn-Selmer division of Steinway & Sons, Inc., and United Musical Instruments, all worldwide manufacturers and distributors. He served in the management of the SMART Foundation which provided programs and advocacy support for arts education. He has also authored several publications focused on the arts and education. Rich is also currently on the boards of the West Point School of Music (board chair) and the American School Band Directors Association Foundation.

Blog posts by Rich Breske

Growing Elementary Music Pathways

When the musicians and teachers at Warwick Music developed the series of Early Learning pInstruments, developing learning pathways for music were forefront in their minds. Early exposure to a playful instruments like the pBuzz and pBugle can help develop a child’s sensory and[...]

pCornet – It could be a better choice for your students

Who knows cornets better than the British?

Answering the call: Equity in Instrumental Music Education

The story is a common one: “We are a low income title school with major poverty. We are in the process of rebuilding the band program. I have tested 41 students for beginner band this year. “These kids want to play but many will not be able to because of money. We have some[...]

Providing Equity in Music Instruction

Music classes can look very different depending on the resources and attitudes of the local school’s teachers, administration, neighborhood and culture. Unfortunately, attitudes and economics often frame each child’s music education experience starting in the early years. A[...]

Teaching with pBuzz checks all the boxes for teaching basic music skills

Have you heard of pBuzz? It’s the newest musical tool that your elementary students can play! Learning pBuzz checks off nearly every learning style - aural, visual, kinetic, tactile – and does it in a fun and social way.

HM Royal Marines pBugle Fanfare

The Bands of the HM Royal Marines are always keen to encourage young musicians, so  Scotland Band have been exploring pBugles as an option to use in their outreach programmes.

pTrumpet HyTech wins high awards from U.S. Band Directors

In early 2020, Warwick Music offered band directors the opportunity to receive and evaluate the pTrumpet hyTech trumpet. pTrumpet hyTech® marks a new chapter in trumpet evolution – it combines metal and polymer to deliver a performance standard comparable to higher-quality[...]

Teaching with pBuzz provides early skills needed for success in music

I love the recorder! I’ve talked with hundreds of music educators over the years and not one has made this statement. Instead, teaching the recorder is something that is just done. It can help in teaching nomenclature and a bit about pitch, but it’s difficult to claim that[...]

Back to school and how to use pInstruments safely

Now that we are returning to work, play and education, it feels good to be on the pathway back to the resumption of a more normal education generally and brass playing specifically. However, Covid is still here and we must remain vigilant as restrictions are slowly lifted. A key[...]