Brent Laidler attended Western Michigan University, majoring in Music Education with a minor in Composition. He also attended Red Wing Technical Institute for Band Instrument Repair, owns and operates Brent’s Bench, Inc. Band Instrument Repair Shop in Lafayette and has developed an extensive professional and collegiate faculty clientele during more than three decades of dedicated service to the industry. His endorsements include Purdue Bands, Jacobs School of Music, DePauw, Butler, Ball State Universities and the Indianapolis Symphony as well as three different DCI Corps and the International Trumpet Guild.

Brent is a Jazz Clinician and member of the Indiana Jazz Educator’s Association as well as being a composer and performer. He has performed and recorded with Randy Salman, Leonard Foy and Brent Wallarab from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with David Baker.  He has appeared with Broadway artist Michael Mandel, Comedian/Impersonator Rich Little, instrumentalists Mark Buselli, Freddie Mendoza, Kenny Phelps, The Lafayette Symphony, and vocalists Kirby Shaw, Li (Tartell) Wilder, Regina Todd-Hicks and Amanda Overmyer from American Idol. 

His 2017 CD, “No Matter Where Noir” featured a large ensemble and included the talents of two members of the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame.  It received worldwide airplay and made the Top 25 in three different major Jazz Charts.

Brent has been a staff arranger for two competitive marching bands, written music for commercials, video games and independent films. Working with TMG/5 Artists and Westlake Signal Group, he now has five film scores to his credit – having been seen and heard on Los Angeles Cable Television, the Pan-African Film Festival, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. “Then and Now – Single Engine Stations, Volume II” won a Telly Award in the Documentary Category.

His ongoing relationship with Westlake Signal Group includes themes for a television pilot, “No Right Turn,” and “Newswire L.A.” – an online news magazine broadcast every Wednesday at 11:pm on channel 36, Los Angeles Cable Television.

Brent has been a champion of the jazz scene in the Lafayette area for many years and can be heard on Saturday nights at 11pm as host of “The Night Shift” Jazz music program on WBAA.