has been involved in a variety of musical settings.
As a classical percussionist, he has performed with the New World Symphony, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Miami Master Chorale, Greater Miami Symphonic Band, Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, and the Brockton Symphony Orchestra.
He was timpanist and Latin percussionist for the World Champion Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 1995 and 1997.
has also performed for several musicals including productions of "Cabaret", "Mack & Mabel", "Baby", & "Chess."
In addition to a wide spectrum of performance experiences, Mr. Cruz
has always been actively involved as a writer, arranger, and educator.
has written percussion music and arranged for several Miami-area high schools.
Between 1995 and 2000, he served as percussion instructor for G. Holmes Braddock, Coral Reef, and Barbara Goleman Senior High Schools.
During this time, he regularly performed clinics at several public schools and served as consultant to improve local percussion programs.
Since 2004, he has been director of percussion and assistant director of jazz at Charles Flanagan Senior High.
With several public performances, his
students have entertained thousands locally at events such as the ING Miami Marathon
, Pines Day Celebration, and Relay for Life as well as multiple television appearances.
They have also received performance recognition at the local and state level by the Florida Bandmasters Association
During his summers, Mr. Cruz is the music director for the Broward Arts Camp where he fully develops, programs, and prepares young musicians of all ages and levels for performance at the end of each camp session.
In addition to all that he
does locally, Brandon
has released an ongoing series of instructional lessons for drums available through easymusiclessons.com.
is currently nominated to become an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association
Mr. Cruz received his Bachelor's Degree in Classical Performance from Florida International University in April 2000.
In September 2002, Brandon Cruz
was recipient of the Allan Dawson Memorial Scholarship presented by the Boston Jazz Society