Brett graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in Music Education. While at the university, he was selected to the Disney All-American College Marching Band and was percussion section leader for seven of his eight semesters. He taught high school band in Mtn. Grove, MO before joining the Palen Music Center team.
During his 30-year tenure at PMC, he has worked in private lesson instruction, instrument repair, accounting, in-store sales, road service, and sound system design and installation. He is a NICET Level III certified sound technician. He has been the company CEO since 1996 when he and his brothers Dan and Brad purchased the company. He served a four-year term on the board of directors for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) from 1992-1996.
Brett and his wife Shelly have three sons; Alec (20) is a redshirt freshman on the golf team at the University of Missouri, Beau (17) will graduate from Rogersville high school this year and attend Southwest Baptist University to obtain a degree in Christian Theology, and Clay (11) attends Rogersville elementary school. Brett is very proud of his boys and his wife Shelly, who will become a National Sales Director in Mary Kay cosmetics in June, 2016.