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Background Information

Employment History

Florida International University

Percussion Instructor

Falcon Sound Alliance Inc

Affiliations

Band Member
FALLZ Street

Education

Bachelor's Degree

Classical Performance

Florida International University

Master's Degree

Jazz Studies

New England Conservatory of Music

Web References (23 Total References)


The Falcon Sound

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Brandon Cruz, Percussion Instructor

Brandon Cruz 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. He 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. He 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. Mr. Cruz 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.
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In September 2002, Brandon Cruz was recipient of the Allan Dawson Memorial Scholarship presented by the Boston Jazz Society.


The Falcon Sound

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Brandon Cruz, Percussion Instructor

Brandon Cruz 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. He 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. He 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. Mr. Cruz 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.
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In September 2002, Brandon Cruz was recipient of the Allan Dawson Memorial Scholarship presented by the Boston Jazz Society.


Clinicians: Treasure Coast Percussion Camp

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Brandon Cruz, Florida International University

Brandon Cruz 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.
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In addition to a wide spectrum of performance experiences, Mr. Cruz has always been actively involved as a writer, arranger, and educator. He 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. The SFCPA 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.


Rounding out Fallz lineup on drums ...

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Rounding out Fallz lineup on drums is Brandon Cruz.

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Brandon is a classical percussionist and has performed with the New World Symphony, the Miami Symphony Orchestra.Brandon was the recipient of the Allan Dawson Memorial Scholarship presented by the Boston Jazz Society.He has a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Performance from Florida International University and earned his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music.


George Lacava - FALLZ guitarist

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Brandon Cruz - drums

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