People who need beautiful, well-crafted, thought-provoking music seek out Brandon Nelson first. Born in 1982 and raised in Ishpeming, Michigan, Brandon Nelson focused his youthful musical pursuits on learning to play the horn. At age eleven, he began composing. He continued his horn and composition studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree with high honors. While in residence at NMU, Mr. Nelson was the recipient of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Young Composer's Prize, was selected to present a composition in the prestigious Student Research and Creative Works Forum, had numerous pieced premiered by various university ensembles, and was named Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Department of Music.
After graduating from college, Mr. Nelson moved on to graduate composition studies at Central Michigan Unversity in Mount Pleasant, MI. Under the guidance of master composers David Gillingham and Jose-Luis Maurtua, Mr. Nelson continued to distinguish himself as a top composer, including winning the Studio Prize for Orchestral Composition and achieving the publication of a piece for saxophone quartet.
Mr. Nelson has worked as a music teacher in Las Vegas, NV, and Baraga, MI, and continues to offer up stunning, provocative works for concert band, jazz band, choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. He is always willing to accept commissions from any group or individual.