Brad Holland was born and raised on a farm in Wisner, Nebraska. A devoted “band nerd,” he excelled in vocal and instrumental music throughout his youth.
He attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, played in ALL the bands, sang in all the choirs and (oddly) graduated with a degree in Behavioral and Experimental Psychology. His degree taught him a lot about rats.
Upon graduation, he moved to Hollywood to become a STAR!
Sadly, Brad did NOT become a star.
Instead, he moved on to Tucson in 1979 and started his own small business called TuneSmythe. As “The TuneSmythe” Brad wrote commercial jingles for radio and television and booked soloists, small ensembles and bands for the resort hotels of Tucson.
During those years, the AIDS epidemic ravaged the GLBTQ community and killed so many. Surviving his friends and loved ones, frustrated with the slow pace of policy change and seeking a more powerful voice in the national dialogue, Brad applied and was accepted into The University of Arizona Law School in 1994.
For several years after, Brad played music to support his law habit. He most frequently, as a pro bono attorney, represented low-income immigrant and refugee neighbors, and others like them, who lived in neighborhoods like his near Grant Road and Alvernon Way. To pay the bills, he played music each night and all weekend.
Brad’s neighborhood advocacy eventually led to a position at the Pima County Attorney’s Criminal Division where Brad became a criminal prosecutor and developed, at the direction of Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, the Division of Neighborhood Protection. Brad was responsible for assisting neighbors and neighborhoods with their ongoing battles with slumlords, drug dealers and blight.
Today, Brad is pleased to act as Victim’s Counsel with Homicide Survivors and to help in any way he can.