Captain John Stout - Richard Alan Brentar has
been a musician for over 30 years.  At an early age,
Richard showed musical talent singing and playing
the piano in the house.  His father and friends
always sang at family gatherings, and both his
brothers played guitar and sang.  His mother
encouraged Richard's music at every step, providing
lessons, instruments, sheet music, and concert
tickets for all kinds of music.  In school, Richard
was part of almost all things musical - concert band,
marching band, choir, symphonic wind ensemble,
symphony orchestra, stage band, and the yearly
musical theater production both in the pit orchestra
and on stage.  He was the director of his High
School Pep band, participated in the Holiday Brass
programs, wrote a show for his senior marching
band program, played in senior talent night, and
played bass guitar for the Varsity Chorale Show

During High School, Richard also participated in
solo and ensemble contests, winning several blue
ribbon awards, and also won the United States
Marine Corps Youth League's Semper Fidelis
Award for Musical Excellence.  He was also
selected to perform for the Regional Youth
Orchestra, and played in the guitar choir for his
childhood parish.  For college, Richard attended the
Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.  
While there, he studied Music History and Literature, and
performed as part of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the
Symphony Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble, the Brass
Choir, the Jazz Band, and the Collegium Musicum Early
Music Consort.  At Baldwin-Wallace, he also performed in
several musical theater productions in the pit orchestra, and
also performed in the prestigious world renowned Bach
Festival as part of the Festival Orchestra.   Richard also took
part in many of the college's Composition Symposiums,
directing and performing many of his own compositions.  He
worked in the recording studio, where he gained his first
knowledge of the recording business.  Studying early music
gave Richard his love for all things Medieval and
Renaissance, and visited his very first Renaissance Festival.  

After college, Richard pursued several avenues of work, but
his music wouldn't wait.  After attending the Great Lakes
Medieval Faire for several of its first years of existence,
Richard finally became involved in the cast, playing the parts
of Friar Tuck, King Richard, and Merlin before finally
pursuing music as a path in the Festival world.  His first
Band, AnamChara, led him to become and independent
musician on the Ren Fest circuit, and he eventually came to
be the musical director for the Great Lakes Medieval Faire.  
Richard has performed at faires across the country, and has
been recorded on 10 musical albums, including 5 solo albums.

Richard plays guitar, tin whistle, bodhran, and sings as
Captain John Stout.