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Brandon Graves Lesson Series: “Periscope” Drum Fills

Watch Brandon Perform “PARISCOPE”:

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Brandon Graves is a performer and educator based in Lawrence, KS. He is the Head Drumline Instructor at the University of Kansas and the Faculty Percussion Instructor at the Culture House in Olathe, Kansas. In addition to a full teaching schedule, Brandon is an in demand clinician and performer on drum set. He can be seen several nights a week playing drums for such artists as the Wrong Kata Trio, From the Woods, Tim Halperin(American Idol), Mandy Nousain, Three Dollar Band, and Funky Mama. Brandon was a founding member of the band Waterdeep, with whom he spent many years touring the country and recording. Brandon is a Yamaha Artist/Clinician, REMO clinician/educator and a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team.

As a member of the Yamaha team, Brandon has performed clinics on both drum set and marching percussion for Sounds of Summer camps over the last 5 years. He also performs clinics at area high schools and middle schools.

From 1998 to 2011, Brandon was on the percussion staff for the Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment who placed 16th at BOA Grand Nationals in 2011.

Brandon has played hundreds of live shows across the country with artists such as Waterdeep, Tim Halperin, The Khrusty Brothers, Don Chaffer, Darrell Evans, Brad Kilman, Paul Wright, Paul Clark, and Andrea Hamilton.

Brandon has recorded on hundreds of tracks with artists such as Waterdeep, Don Chaffer, Lori Chaffer, Sara Groves, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Sara Swenson, Mandy Nousain, From the WoodsPaul Clark, Andrea Hamilton, the Wrong Kata Trio, Maeve, Gerram Matthews, Paul Wright, and Brad Kilman.

Over the years Brandon has had the good fortune to work with great musicians and producers like Steve Taylor, Darrell Brown, Dennis Matkowsky, Don Chaffer, Cason Cooley, Stan Sheldon, Phil Keaggy, James Ward, Brandon Draper, Jeff Harshbarger, Luke Sullivant, Micahjah Ryan, and UJ Pesonen.

Brandon is a constant student of percussion and his desire to learn has led him to study with great percussion educators including, Tom Aungst, Mike Stevens, Ed Argenziano, Todd Strait, Dr. Tom Morgan, Kevin Bobo and Doug Auwarter.

Brandon is a former member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp, The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and Masquerade Drum and Bugle Corp.

BRANDON’S VIC FIRTH STICKS OF CHOICE:

5A

5A (5A)

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