Senior Instructor & Area Coordinator of Winds & Percussion Studies
Director of Bands & FIU Marching Band
At FIU, Professor Bernhardt directs the FIU Marching Band, the Courtside Players (Basketball Band), the Panther Gold (entertainment ensemble) and conducts the FIU Symphony Band. In addition, he teaches courses in Basic Conducting and Music Education.
Prior to coming to FIU, Bernhardt served as the Director of University Bands at Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO) from 1990 – 2010; the Associate Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) from 1988 – 1990; and the Assistant Director of Bands at California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA) from 1984 – 1988.
He has been on the production staff of Bowl Games of America since 1990 where he writes the Halftime shows for the Orange Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Gator Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Russell Athletics Bowl, Holiday Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Bernhardt annually conducts two-three Bowl Game shows for national television. Professor Bernhardt also is a production assistant for the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR, MLB, NFL and NCAA Final Four.
He is in constant demand as a conductor, clinician, drill designer and musician throughout the United States and abroad. Professor Bernhardt has conducted All-State Bands in West Virginia and Tennessee in addition to numerous honor bands and orchestras throughout the United States. He has also written drill design for the University of Notre Dame and for the University of West Georgia.
Professor Bernhardt has also been an active trumpet performer throughout his career, having played with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Faculty Brass Quintet, the Moody Blues, the Temptations, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Clark Terry, and Colin Raye.
Currently, he is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.