Brandon Martell

BIOGRAPHY

Brandon Martell is a well-rounded musician who is skilled in the arts of music education, music composition, music arranging, and music performance.

As a music educator, he has had a diverse career. During the 2012-2013 school year, Brandon was on faculty at the Eastman Community Music School teaching a course called “Theory In Motion,” which develops aural skills, music literacy, and musicianship skills for children grades K-6. He has also been employed as a music instructor by The Salvation Army, and as adjunct music faculty at Clearwater Christian College. Currently, Brandon is serving in his seventh year on faculty at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida as their Choral Director. Under his direction, the Calvary Choir has performed five consecutive years in the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, and received Superior ratings at the 2019 and 2020 FVA Music Performance Assessments for District 9. Calvary’s elite vocal ensemble, the Warrior Voices, performed the national anthem for the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in March 2019. Beyond Calvary Choir and the Warrior Voices, he teaches Beginning Choir, Music Theory Honors, and is the Assistant Band Director. Additionally, he is the Music Director of the school’s annual spring musical. In 2017, Brandon was nominated for “Outstanding Music Director” for Calvary’s production of Oklahoma!, and the pit orchestra received the “Outstanding Orchestra” award in the Broadway Stars of the Future Competition hosted by Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

As a composer, Brandon’s work is published by Excelcia Music Publishing; his new choral work, “The Moon and the Sun,” is expected to be available for purchase on their website by Spring 2020. As an arranger, Brandon’s work has been performed at such institutions as the University of South Florida, the Eastman School of Music, and the Dickens Carolers. In 2018 and 2019, the field show he composed and arranged for the Warrior Marching Band earned 1st place in the 1A Division at the Florida Marching Band Championships, and the 2018 field show was also awarded the highest score within the caption of General Effect Music.

As a performer, Brandon is a member of The Dickens Carolers, a vocal quartet for holiday occasions servicing the greater Tampa and Orlando areas of Florida. As a trombonist, Brandon has performed with The Florida Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Helios Jazz Orchestra, and with the funk/reggae/rock band Ājëvā. Brandon has received many honors and awards for his trombone performance, including being named the winner of the American Trombone Workshop’s Tenor Trombone National Solo Competition for ages 18 and under in 2008, and being a member of the winning trombone choir, the Eastman Trombone Choir, for the International Trombone Association’s Trombone Choir Competition in 2011. Brandon also recorded tenor and bass trombone for “The Essentials,” an independent film which received numerous awards at the 2012 Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. As an electric bassist, he served as a member of the BridgePoint Band at BridgePoint Church from 2016 to 2017, and regularly lead worship at their Tyrone and Downtown St. Petersburg campuses.

Brandon graduated with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music in 2013, having been a Rogers Scholar. He received Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education and Applied Music, and a Performer’s Certificate. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Shaye, and their dog, Claude.

TEACHING

Comprehensive musicianship sets Brandon Martell’s students apart from other high school musicians. In the classroom, he emphasizes music literacy as much as technique and ensemble skills. Under his direction, the Calvary Choir from Calvary Christian High School received Superior ratings at the 2019 and 2020 FVA Music Performance Assessments for District 9, Calvary’s elite vocal ensemble, the Warrior Voices, was selected to perform the National Anthem for the Tampa Bay Rays 2019 season opening weekend at Tropicana Field, and his students have earned seats in FMEA All-State Choirs eight times within the past three years.

COMPOSITION AND ARRANGING

A self-proclaimed “chords guy,” Brandon Martell’s choral music sets melodies intricately within a colorful harmonic landscape. Shimmering triadic extensions and modal allusions are among the hallmarks of his writing. His new choral work published by Excelcia Music Publishing, “The Moon and the Sun,” is expected to be available for purchase on their website by Spring 2020. View his work on Excelcia Music Publishing’s website: https://excelciamusic.com/our-composers/brandon-martell/

Brandon Martell’s marching band writing uses engaging motifs woven seamlessly throughout the show; his music doesn’t merely entertain, it tells a story. Audiences and adjudicators alike appreciate his unique harmonic language and ever-changing collection of musical textures. In 2018 and 2019, the field show he composed and arranged for the Warrior Marching Band earned 1st place in the 1A Division at the Florida Marching Band Championships, and the 2018 field show was also awarded the highest score within the caption of General Effect Music.

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