Brandon Beck is director of the band and wind instrument program at Walla Walla University, a position he has held since 2000. In his position as associate professor of music, he teaches conducting, methods classes, private instruction in low brass instruments, and also directs the Wind Symphony, Steel Band, Brass Ensembles, and as of 2009, the Symphony Orchestra.
Beck has taught since 1981, teaching at three academies before joining the faculty at Southern Adventist University for three years from 1997-2000. While at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) in Auburn, Washington, his last academy position, he received the 1995 Lowe Teaching Award as teacher of the year, an award voted by the school’s faculty and students, and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1992 and 1996. His ensembles at AAA received numerous awards and distinctions, including invitational performances at the 1987 Western International Band Clinic, the 1990 General Conference Session in Indianapolis, and the 1993 annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
His band at AAA consistently received superior ratings in contests run by the local Pierce County League of Music Educators, achieving the highest score for bands four out of the five times they participated. It also won the Small Schools Division of the Lewis and Clark College 1996 Northwest Invitational Band Contest.
Beck has served as a band clinician for high school and elementary band clinics or honor bands in Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington. Most recently he directed the Oregon Music Educators Association’s District 6 Honor Band at Pendleton High School in the fall of 2009, and will be directing the Walla Walla University Invitational Honor Band in January of 2011.
Beck completed a Bachelor of Music degree in music education at Walla Walla College (now University), serving as assistant college band director during his senior year. A bass trombonist, he studied with Lloyd Leno at Walla Walla College and with Paul Bauer, Leon Brown, and Royce Lumpkin at the University of North Texas, where he did additional undergraduate study. He completed a master’s degree at Vandercook College of Music in 1988 where he continued his bass trombone studies with Roger Rocco.