Brandon Cruz, Florida International University
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, Miami Wind Symphony, Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, and in 2011 he was the timpanist for the Fundacion Sinfonica Orchestra in Santo Domingo for their biannual National Festival of the Arts.
He was also timpanist and Latin percussionist for the World Champion Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 1995 and1997.
As a jazz musician, Brandon has performed with several groups including the big bands of Sam Lussier and Barry Mann, the FIU Jazz Lab Band, and NEC Jazz Orchestra.
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.
Over the past 18 years he has directed several Miami-based percussion programs and has regularly performed clinics, set up workshops, and consulted area schools throughout.
Since 2008 Mr. Cruz has also been an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association.
In 2010, Mr. Cruz joined the faculty of his alma mater, Florida International University, as Director of Marching Percussion.
In 2012, with the cooperation of FIU
, Mr. Cruz
created Velocity Indoor Percussion.
The group in an independent A-class organization based on campus whhich competes at events sponsored by SFWGA and WGI.
In addition to these activities, the focus for Mr. Cruz
currently is as Founder/Director of the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts
is the most comprehensive resource for durms and percussion in South Florida.
Mr. Cruz received is Bachelor's Degree in Classical Performance from Florida International University in April 2000.
He earned his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in May 2003.