Patrick Rettger is the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Jackson State University. Along with applied lessons, Dr. Rettger also teaches courses in theory and aural skills classes. Additionally, he is the coach for the JSU Brass Quintet (a select quintet comprised of some of the best musicians on campus) and is conductor of the JSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance at the University of Southern Mississippi where he also has a minor in music theory. His primary teachers include Gary Bird, Velvet Brown, and Richard Perry.
Dr. Rettger can be heard on multiple recordings made while at Indiana University of Pennsylvania including “Internal Combustion” (Klavier Records) and “Music of Distinction Vol. III (Daehn Publications) He is also a prolific arranger having written for many types of groups including tuba-euphonium quartet and ensemble, brass quintet, brass ensemble, wind ensemble, and marching band. A number of these arrangements have been performed at international conferences and other high profile concerts including the 2008 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association Conference.
His research focuses on the aspects of military band life from the audition process through the bandsman's retirement. His current project is working to complete an excerpt book for tubist wishing to have a career in one of the US military's premiere bands.
As a performer, Dr. Rettger has been an active across the Eastern U.S. as well as Europe and the Middle East. He is the current tuba player in the 41st Army National Guard Band, Principle Tubist in the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and the tuba player for the Mississippi Brass and Percussion. More specifically within the 41st Army Band, he is the leader of the Magnolia Brass, the tuba section leader, and the head of the band's image on its Army Music Intranet account. Continuing his military music experience, Rettger was a tubist in the Army Bands in Ft. Hood, TX and Mannheim, Germany. While in these groups, he performed as a soloist as well as a member of multiple groups including the 1st Cavalry Division Tuba Quartet and V Corps V Brass Quintet. In 2003, he was deployed with the V Corps Band to Kuwait and Iraq during the initial year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there, he traveled significantly performing with the V Corps V Brass Quintet along with other ensembles for U.S. and international soldiers, dignitaries, celebrities, as well as Iraqi civilians. Since leaving the active duty military, he has continued to perform with groups throughout each region he is living in including the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania as well as the Meridian, Gulf Coast, and Mississippi Symphonies in Mississippi. As a former member of Das Haus Funftet, a select brass quintet at Penn State University, he was selected to perform on Penn State’s Bravo! Series as well as performing Eugene Bozza’s Concertino on PBS as part of their series entitled Music from Penn State. Further accomplishments include winning the 2007 Southern Miss Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition and being selected as a semi-finalist in the 2010 International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s Mock Band Tuba Competition. Dr. Rettger can and has performed classical, jazz, funk, polka, lage ensemble, chamber music, and nearly any other style of music that may require a tuba player.
Here is a video recording of Dr. Rettger performing his most recent faculty recital on April 4, 2018 at Jackson State University: