Christopher Brandt, DMA
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands
At Graceland since 2019
Christopher Brandt, DMA, assistant professor of music, serves as director of bands at Graceland University. His duties include conducting the symphonic and jazz bands, assisting with the Marching Yellowjackets, and teaching music education courses.
Brandt is an avid conductor, performer and music educator. With over five years of public school experience, his bands have consistently earned superior ratings and have been selected to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Conference. In 2015, his school was selected as a Grammy Signature School semi-finalist, and in 2017, he was selected as a National Band Association Young Conductor semi-finalist.
Prior to teaching, he served in the 451st Army Band as a saxophonist and associate conductor with conducting appearances throughout the United States. Brandt studied conducting with Carolyn Barber, Peter Eklund, Benjamin Schneider, Aaron McDermid, and Tyler White and saxophone with Benjamin Schneider and Bruce Ammann.
Preceding his appointment at Graceland University, Brandt served as associate conductor of the Jack R. Snider Campus Band and Big Red Express Pep Band, assisted with the 300-plus member Cornhusker Marching Band, taught beginning conducting courses, and worked with the symphonic band and wind ensemble at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
From 2006 to 2010, Brandt served as associate conductor of athletic bands and assistant conductor of fall musicals at the University of Jamestown. And in 2016, he founded The Pershing Winds, a semi-professional wind ensemble comprised of musicians from the Lincoln, Nebraska, area.
Brandt holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Nebraska; a Master of Music in Conducting from Sam Houston State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Performance (saxophone) and Leadership from the University of Jamestown.
Shaw Center, Rm 172
Shaw Center, Rm 172