Indoor Percussion Composer
Brandon Kunka is an active performer, educator, and composer in the Atlanta, GA area. He holds degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Composition from Georgia Southern University, and a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami. Brandon currently has a studio of over twenty-five students, many of which are students at Milton High School and Roswell High School. His private students have made All-State Jazz Band, principal chairs in the District 5 Honor Band, and many are studying music at schools such as The University of Florida, The University of Georgia, and Belmont University. He is currently the front ensemble director for the Milton Marching Band and award-winning Indoor Drumline, who were Open Class finalists in the 2010 WGI World Championships. He also directs the Milton Jazz Combo and is the Co-Director for the Milton Jazz Ensemble.
He is the Director of Percussion @ Roswell High School, and was the Co-Director and Front Ensemble Instructor for the East Paulding High School Indoor Drumline, who were A class semi-finalists at the 2009 WGI World Championships.
As a performer, Brandon is an active clinician around the state of Georgia, giving solo recitals and masterclasses for middle and high school students, is a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony, and is a jazz and rock live and studio musician in various projects in the Atlanta area as a drummer, bassist, and guitarist. Brandon was also a performer at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), one of the largest annual percussion conventions in the world. As a composer, Brandon has been commissioned by such groups as the Georgia Southern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, led by Dr. Daniel Pittman, and the University of Miami Percussion Ensemble, led by Dr. Ney Rosauro. Brandon has studied with Annie Allman, Matt Fallin, Bill Schmid, Michael Braz, Ney Rosauro, Shannon Wood, and Wan-Chun Liao. He is endorsed by Vic Firth, Inc.