Brendan C. Krueger
Brendan Krueger, a singer, pianist, French horn and trumpet player, and band and choir conductor, has pursued a career in music teaching as well as in educational administration. He has been involved in community music activities wherever he has worked.
Brendan was raised in Maine, the older of two sons of Myron and Doris Griffin Krueger. He began his musical studies with his mother, who was his first piano teacher, and would later take lessons in trumpet, voice, and French horn. Following graduation from Pine Tree Academy in Maine in 1982, he enrolled at Atlantic Union College, where he studied piano with Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and Kaestner Robertson and French horn with Kevin Owen.
While at AUC, he played French horn with the New England Youth ensemble and the Thayer Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with a major in history and a minor in music and then completed a master's degree in history at Andrews University in 1990, where he played trumpet in the Wind Symphony and French horn in the Michiana Symphony Orchestra.
Krueger taught music at Dakota Adventist Academy (DAA) from 1990 to 1995. During his time at the academy, the music program flourished with over half of the students participating in the music program. He also played in the Bismarck Symphony and Bismarck Elks Band. While at DAA he met Brenda Miller, a dental hygienist, and they married in December 1994.
In 1995 he accepted a position as full-time music teacher at Union Springs Academy in New York state and within a year the program was being widely praised in the Atlantic Union Conference as well as by local music teachers. The growth in and success of the program led to the addition of a music wing to the administration building during Krueger's second year.
In 1997 Krueger was invited to teach music and history at his alma mater, Pine Tree Academy (PTA), in Freeport, Maine. He became principal at PTA in 2002, a position he has held ever since. In addition to serving as principal at PTA, he teaches both elementary and academy band classes, serves as a pianist in the Brunswick Adventist church, and often plays as an accompanist for the school choir. He also directs the Pine Tree Coastal Winds, Freeportís community band.
Brendan and his brother, Bradley, have sung in male quartets since they were students at PTA. They continue as second and first tenors, respectively, singing most recently in the Voices of Zion quartet.
Sources: The Atlantic Gleaner: June 1995, 12; July 1996, 5; William Ness, "The Krueger Family Praising God through Music," June 1998, 6; Information from Doris Krueger, 2011 and 2013.