Brett McCluskey received his degree in music from California State University San Bernardino. His first big professional gig came at age 16, where he sat in as guest drummer for the Coasters and the Drifters in Los Angeles. Brett served as district choral accompanist for the Rialto Unified School District and the San Bernardino School District from 1997 to 2008. During this time he also served as the pianist for the Cal State Jazz Ensemble. He is also fluent in the Japanese language, after having lived and taught in Japan for six years. Brett has composed several songs with Community Performance International, including “Change Will Come” for Touch and Go, and "The Long Climb Up" for Land of Spirit.