The music of BRANDON DICKS (b. 1994) is inspired by visual imagery. Having visual synesthesia, His compositions take inspiration from visually stunning images and depicts the colorful emotions expressed through music from each illustrated idea. He either reacts to popular media with his music or creates his own visually creative idea to give ground to the composition.
Brandon Dicks’s works have been performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, Columbus State University Trumpet Ensemble, Up/Down Percussion Quartet, 9th Street Brass, and First Baptist in Columbus Adult Choir. His wind ensemble works have been performed by the Roswell High School Wind Ensemble, Harris County High School Wind Ensemble, and Northside High School Wind Ensemble. His music has been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Southeastern Trumpet Festival, and the International Double Reed Society Conference. Brandon has won audience choice in the IDRS Composition Competition and he won first prize in the State Division of Music Teacher’s National Association while receiving honorable mention in the Southern Region of MTNA.
Brandon is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Composition at University of Hartford where he is studying trumpet with Phil Snedecor and composition with Robert Carl. He holds a Bachler’s of Arts degree in Music Education from Columbus State University where he studied with Robert Murray (trumpet) and James Ogburn (composition).
As a trumpeter, Brandon was a semi-finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition and a finalist in the Paranov Concerto Competition at University of Hartford. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Faculty Brass Quintet, the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble and at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He has performed at multiple different conferences including, International Trumpet Guild and the Southeastern Trumpet Festival. He is currently a member of the 9th Street Brass as a Trumpeter and Arranger/Composer.
Brandon currently teaches at the Artist Collective in Hartford, CT and has taught at the Schwob Preparatory Division during his time at Columbus State University. He is finishing a new teaching method book, Scales with Charcter: Scales Exercises and Character Studies. Check out information about that book here.