From contemporary chamber music to the traditions of the pageantry arts, percussion artist and pedagogue Dr. Brandon Arvay has appeared in some of the most visible venues in his profession. Having toured throughout the United States and Asia, he holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (B.M.E.), Colorado State University (M.M.), and the University of Kentucky (D.M.A.). Currently Percussion Instructor at Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, he is also Section Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, staff Percussion Arranger for 16Parks Music, member of the Arvay/Younglove Duo, PR Manager for Global Première Consortium Commissioning Project, and Founder/CEO of ArvayMedia.
Having an eclectic background, Brandon has taught chamber music, percussion repertoire, percussion pedagogy and literature, and marching percussion at every level. Brandon’s teaching honors include a Gold Medal with Palmetto Percussion at the 2010 WGI World Championships and numerous High Percussion awards. He has been a resident instructor at Wayne State University and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and regularly presents lectures and workshops throughout the United States. Brandon has numerous appeareances as a guest on the @Percussion Podcast, Pete’s Percussion Podcast, and is a contributing author for the PAS Educators’ Companion, Bluegrass Music News, Dansr, and serves on the PAS Education Committee.
As a performer, Brandon has appeared at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the College Band Directors National Association Convention, the International Saxophone Symposium, and State MEA Conventions. In his travels, he has performed throughout China and was featured on China Central Television. Brandon has collaborated with some of the world’s most respected performers (Marvin Hamlisch, Itzhak Perlman, Christine Brewer, Glenn Kotche, SÖ Percussion, Wycliffe Gordon, Frederic Macerez, Miles Osland, Anders Åstrand); conductors (George Daugherty, Gary Green, David Holsinger, Donald Portnoy, Wes Kenney, John Nardolillo, Scott Terrell); composers (Lewis Nielson, Adam Schoenberg, Baljinder Sekhon, James David).
Brandon has been a featured guest and frequent co-host on the hit @percussion podcast. He has commissioned works by Baljinder Sekhon, Eric Wubbels, Steven Snowden, Joe W. Moore, and Stephen Gorbos, and has played on a wide-range of audio recording projects, including the Ignite Series (C. Alan Pub. Co.), the Kollective Percussion Ensemble, Maiden (Classical Heritage Foundation), the UK Percussion Ensemble, and the self-titled album by the rock group Von Voigt.