native Floridian, William R. Brusick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1981, studying with Robert Jager.  His studies continued at North Texas State University where in 1984, he received his Master of Music in Composition, studying with Martin Mailman, and finally receiving his Doctor of Music degree in 1988 from Florida State

Over the years, Dr. Brusick has composed several works for chamber ensembles, as well as symphonic band and orchestra, including For The Kings of Brass(commissioned by the Tennessee Tech


Tuba Ensemble), Concerto forTuba and Wind Orchestra (commissioned by and dedicated to Timothy J. Northcut), The Cookeville Herald-Citizen March (composed for the 100th anniversary of t his newspaper), By The Waters of Babylon commissioned for the recording project Euphoniums Unlimited, and the five movement Concerto for Wind Ensemble (dedicated to Joseph W. Hermann and the Tennessee Tech Wind Ensemble). He has also completed the tone poem Of Sun and Swans (commissioned by and dedicated to J. Jossim and the Hollingsworth Winds, A Boar's Head Celebration for wind ensemble and organ (commissioned by and dedicated to Art Swett) and Fanfare on DLH, which was recently premiered at the Florida Bandmasters Hall of Fame induction concert at Stetson Univerity. Both Of Sun and Swans and the Concerto for Wind Ensemble received stellar performances at the MENC Southern division Convention in both 2004 and 2005.

Brusick has also composed over 150 various solos and sacred works for chorus, organ and handbells including Come, Holy Ghost (commissioned by the Hales Corners Children's Chorus, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), A New Song (a complete jazz setting of the Lutheran Divine Communion service),  Shout for Joy! (commissioned for the 100 th Anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach , Florida ), and Requiem: The Strife Is O'er (for full orchestra, chorus and soloists).

In February 2007, the Imperial Symphony Orchetsra will be premiering Visions of Gaspar, an ISO commissioned tone poem which depicts the excitement of the Gasparilla Festiavl and the terrors of the Jose Gaspar legend.

For the past twenty years he has served as a Minister of Music in the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as choir director, organist, composer, recitalist,  clinician and teacher.  He is in his fourteenth year as Minister of Music at Grace Lutheran Church and School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is in his fifth year as the Adjunct Professor of Composition at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida In 2002 2005 and 2006 he was named to Who's Who Among American Teachers, and in September of 2003 was awarded the Dr. Ben Eggers Lutheran Educator of the Year (Middle School division) . Since 2001 Dr. Brusick has served as the music director of the Pinellas Lutheran Choir and for the past seven years has been one of the staff organists at the historic Tampa Theatre.

Bill lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Jeanne, an artist and writer.