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Josh Bradford is a native North Texan who has served as the keyboardist, vocalist, and music arranger for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Garland since October of 2010. His work there has also allowed him to compose for the choir, the band musicians, create instrumental compositions and a wealth of “spontaneous piano creations” during Share the Peace moments and Pre-Communion interludes. He also has organized special performances for the Gloria Dei community, the largest of which was an All Saints Day concert in 2015, featuring a half-hour world premiere wind quartet “when words fail us” composed specifically for the church, and a reduced arrangement of John Rutter’s Requiem.

Josh at the keyboard at Gloria Dei
From 2014-2019, Josh was privileged to pursue his music performance and writing career full-time after a decade of acting as a music educator in the Fort Worth ISD and part-time music performer around the DFW Metroplex. He is back to teaching full time for FWISD and has hosted a number of zoom live performances, been featured on several online interview and music performance series and has finished his first performance film Meditations: Yield to the Fire/Say Their Names based off of a live performance art event he has given twice before. Josh also feels very privileged to have been featured in every world-wide video sing-along organized by his friend, film director and musician, H.P. Mendoza.

Josh holds music degrees from Tarleton State University (B.A. in Piano Performance) and the University of North Texas (M.M. in Composition). As a musician/composer, his works have been featured in several music festivals including the Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), LaTex Electronic Music Festival in Baton Rouge, LA, the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, MN, and the Fall Indie Fest in Grand Prairie, TX. He has composed music for 7 plays, and two of his compositions were featured in the film, Raid at the Rainbow Lounge. Josh has also organized two music festivals, BlowTorch for Queerbomb Dallas 2016 as well as Satie-Ricon: 150 years of Erik Satie. He also has three independently released CDs, most recently his EP entitled Never Look Back.

The Rev. Tom Schwolert is pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Garland may have a small congregation, but it’s pride and joy is the music program it hosts. Before the Covid shutdown, the church had a full-time choir conducted by Laura Welker, and a band with 8 rotating musicians and have featured several regular guests for special occasions. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has been committed to maintaining a strong musical presence within its services for decades and has kept that commitment throughout whatever challenges it has faced. Not only do services often consist of 6-7 songs, a mass, and an anthem or special piece or song, but the members devote and agree to a budget that allows the church to remain competitive and fair within the ever-growing DFW music community. The band has continued to offer video recordings as part of the online services through Covid since March of 2020. Music will continue to be a central part of the worship and praise experiences as Gloria Dei Lutheran Garland begins to open their doors to indoor worship while keeping their online presence through livestream presentations. There is no doubt there will be a huge musical celebration when the doors can finally be safely opened again!

Contact Josh to discuss the availability of the “Lenten Mass” for use in your congregation. If you would like to hear his music or see some of the events he has hosted please feel free to follow him on Spotify under Josh Bradford and visit his YouTube channel by clicking here.