Brandon Dicks is a Trumpeter, Composer, and Teacher, in the Tempe, Arizona region. Brandon Dicks has many job titles including being the Co-Director of the Trumpeter’s Multi-Track Competition and Seminar, the Marketing and Social Media Director of Rhode Island Recording Ensemble, and the Associate Music Editor and Production Manager of the New Baroque Soloists. Alongside his career as a musician and manager, he also runs his own YouTube channel called BDicksmusic.
Brandon received his Double Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Composition at University of Hartford where he is studied with trumpeter Phil Snedecor and composition with Robert Carl, David, Macbride, and Gilda Lyons. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Columbus State University where he studied with Robert Murray. Brandon is currently pursuing a doctorate in Trumpet Performance at Arizona State University while being a Teaching Assistant for his current Trumpet Teacher, Joe Burgstaller.
As a Trumpeter
Brandon has performed with the Broad Street Orchestra (as principal trumpet), Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Faculty Brass Quintet, Rhode Island Recording Ensemble, Ivoryton Playhouse, and Playhouse on Park. He has been a trumpet artist for the Next Generation Trumpet Competition. He 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 at multiple different conferences including, International Trumpet Guild and the Southeastern Trumpet Festival.
As a Composer
Brandon Dicks’s works have been performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Wind Ensemble, Foot in the Door, Black Bayou Brass Trio, and Up/Down Percussion Quartet. His music has been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Music on the Bayou Festival, and the International Double Reed Society Conference. Brandon won the audience choice award at the IDRS Composition Competition on 2016 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 also was a finalist in the CBDNA 2019 Young Composer and Conductor Mentor Project.
As a Teacher
Brandon is a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University. Brandon has previously taught at the Farmington Avenue Music Academy in West Hartford, CT. He has taught at the Artist Collective in Hartford, CT and the Schwob Preparatory Division during his time at Columbus State University. Brandon has also published a trumpet method book called, Scales with Character: Scales Exercises and Character Studies. Alongside publishing the book, he also runs a trumpet teaching YouTube series that follows the book.