Brad started to study music at age seven. After high school, he studied at the University of North Texas and Berklee College of Music. In 1982, he moved to Los Angeles and began freelancing, until 1984, when he joined Maynard Ferguson and toured around the country. In addition to his numerous solo CDs (Nine Neds, Krin, Camels, Railroads, Grill, Making Ice, Obliteration Quartet, My Bongo, John Holmes, Brad Dutz Duos, and the first Brad Dutz CD), he has co-produced twelve others and played as a sideman for over 250 titles.
In 1995, Warner Brothers and Interworld selected Brad to record eight videos for beginners entitled “Have Fun Playing Hand Drums” (now on DVD). He can be heard on TV showssuch as King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, Enterprise and Firefly. Some of the movies that Brad has played on are The Bourne Legacy, Transformers, Cowboys and Aliens, Syriana, Hildago, Rugrats Go Wild, Star Trek 5, Ocean’s Eleven , Anchorman, Hollywood Homicide, Battleship, Rush Hour 3, Run Down, and I Spy. IMAX films include Mysteries of Egypt, Mt. Kilamanjaro, Amazon, and Island of Sharks.
In addition to playing mallets, hand percussion is his specialty. He has studied many instruments including congas, berimbau, bata, bodhran, bones, pandiero, djembe, tabla, kanjira, doumbec, riq, and others. While recording CDs for artists such as Alanis Morrisette, Kiss, Willie Nelson, Michael Wolff, Tribal Tech, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Vinny Golia, LeAnn Rimes, Mitch Forman, Terence Trent D’Arby, Rickie Lee Jones, Hands On’Semble, and even actors Jeff Bridges and Ronny Cox, Brad tries to bring his most unique percussion instruments to the sessions in order to create new sounds.
Every year he travels to colleges and stores to do clinics and concerts about hand percussion and mallets. His endorsements include Vic Firth, Remo, Yamaha, Paiste and Roland . Since becoming a part-time faculty member At Cal State University-Long Beach fifteen years ago, Brad has finished three books: “Practicing Music On Hand Percussion,” “Manipulations In Time”, and “Duos,Trios, and Quartets for Percussion." His latest projects include duets with notable percussionist Chris Wabich and recording of his fourth original quartet release.