Becker is the Director of the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Bands at Washington University. He graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 1977, and earned an MA from Lindenwood.
Becker has taught for 44 years. In 2017, he retired from Parkway South HS after serving for 36 years in Parkway. He is currently the Conductor of the Manchester Community Band, and has been a guest conductor for numerous honor bands.
Becker has served as the Jazz Vice President for MMEA, and is a Past President of the Missouri Unit of IAJE. He served as Jazz VP for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association.