Brandon started singing and playing piano at the age of three and was soon sent to study at the Royal Conservatory of music in Toronto. By age five he was composing short works for piano and having his teachers write out the notation. Intense vocal training and liturgical choir music study began at eight when he attended St. Michael’s Choir School, winning awards for either vocal or piano excellence every year he was there. While at SMCS, professional performances at Toronto’s famed Massey Hall were the norm, teaching him the valuable work and performance ethics needed to excel in the industry. Alto saxophone and clarinet followed at age twelve, while the singing/songwriting started to take hold with a sudden interest in popular music.
Brandon then attended Etobicoke School of The Arts (the Canadian sister-school of LaGuardia Arts in New York) at fourteen, and quickly became involved in practically every music ensemble the school had to offer. Soon, tenor and baritone saxes were added to the roster as well as the acoustic and electric guitar. Over the next five years, he played in, wrote, and arranged for many of the school’s ensembles picking up valuable orchestral scoring and theory skills. He won numerous music awards from the cities of Etobicoke and Toronto, including ones for jazz, piano, composition, and at eighteen was recognized by the Canadian Music Centre and received an award for his composition “Dreams,” in which he performed as the vocal soloist and pianist backed by the school’s renowned symphony orchestra and massive 150-member SATB choir.
After being accepted to the music program at York University in Toronto, Brandon went straight into the second year, bypassing the first year introductory and review subjects by completing the exemption exams in his first week. At York, he studied world music and free-form piano/vocal improvisation challenging himself through the use of dissonance and small group improv performances with all manner of instruments. He was able to study Indian music with the brilliant Sankarin, popular music studies with Dr. Robert Bowman, and push the boundaries of his piano playing with the very influential Casey Sokol. Graduating on the Dean’s honour list in his final year, Brandon decided to build a professional recording studio/business called ‘Resonant Frequency’ and quickly found the ideal environment for getting his ideas out effectively.
Brandon has appeared in various ensembles at Canada’s famous Stage West, Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, on both local and National Canadian television, and the United Nations in New York. Most recently he’s appeared with Canadian Celtic violinist Frank Leahy on Canada A.M. as a piano accompanist.
Production skills include writing, performing and mixing music for film, television, and CD.
Instrument skills include Voice, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar (Acoustic and Electric), Bass, Saxophone (Alto, Tenor and Bari), Mandolin, 6-string Banjo, Clarinet, Small Percussion, and Didjeridoo.
Composition skills include writing, arranging, and scoring both by hand and via computer in all styles of music.