Brandon is a Chicago native composer, orchestrator, and clarinetist who creates music for film, television, and video games. He orchestrated Jonny Greenwood's Oscar nominated score for The Power of the Dog Live Score-to-Screen event presented by Netflix. Brandon also composed the score for the award winning short film Close Ties to Home Country, directed by Akanksha Cruczynski, which was featured at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
He has worked in the music department for The Valet (2022), American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) and Force of Nature (2020). He has interned for Sherri Chung (Riverdale, Kung Fu), and currently works as an assistant to Grammy winning composer and guitarist Heitor Pereira (Despicable Me, Angry Birds, Minions).
Brandon's compositional process is driven by his knowledge of the orchestra, and also inspired by various aspects of jazz and popular music. Having learned to play the clarinet at an early age, the instrument has always been at the root of his musical identity. He invariably explores other wind instruments such as saxophones, recorders, tin whistles, and ocarinas to incorporate them into original works. He consistently records for his own projects as well as colleagues, and recently remotely recorded clarinet and bass clarinet for Tom Howe (Ted Lasso).
Brandon started composing in high school; writing and arranging for the concert band and jazz ensemble. His extensive music studies began at the University of Illinois where he focused on music theory and orchestration. He completed his Bachelors of Music in Composition at Columbia College Chicago where he studied under Grammy nominated composer, Ilya Levinson.
Brandon received his MFA from Columbia College Chicago, where he was a graduate assistant to composer Kubilay Uner. While in school, Brandon continued to collaborate with many artists on short films, video games, and installations while also having his music regularly accepted into the VGM music production library. He actively looks for creative opportunities and aims to form long lasting connections with filmmakers.
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“Ever since I composed my first piece and saw it produced onstage back in 2010, I’ve been on a rollercoaster ride of music and creation. But well before that, I knew that I wanted to be a composer. From the day I heard Howard Shore’s score to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the dream to compose music was instilled in my mind. I like to keep great musical minds close, always sharing with trusted colleagues to ensure my music is the best it can be. I love all sorts of music, and my current body of work reflects that. No matter what I write, I try to to put forth something that is is intensely polished and bracing in its vision and scope.”