Chris Branam is the current director of Bands at East Cary Middle School and the Assistant Director of "The Power Sound of the South Marching Band" at North Carolina State University. In three years Mr. Branam has grown the East Cary Band from 75 to over 275 members. While at North Carolina State University, Dr. Garcia and Mr. Branam have had the largest marching band in schools history with over 350 current members.
Chris and his wife Jane met in a Cary Band class and were high school sweethearts. They have three wonderful children: William, Christina, and Caleb and live in Cary.
He attended Campbell University as an A.J. Fletcher Scholar and received his Bachelor of Music Education (1992) while studying with composer/conductor Dr. Jack Stamp. He attended Southern Oregon University to work on his Masters in Music.
Chris served as the Drum Major for D.C.I. Finalist, 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corp and studied with conductor Frank Battisti at the New England Conservatory of Music while in Boston.
Chris has been an active visual/musical coordinator, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the region. He has conducted the NC State Baptist Instrumental Orchestra at Fort Caswell, North Carolina and has been a guest conductor for numerous honor bands in North Carolina.
Chris is the former Director of Bands at Sanderson High School where he directed all ensembles to become one of the states finest performing bands in all genres; classical, 20th century wind band literature, jazz and marching band. He was also the director of the award winning Durant Road Middle School Band. While there, he and Sallee Nelson built a year-round band program of over 500 students. Mr. Branam was also the director of bands at Garner Senior High, and Louisburg High Schools.
Recognition and Awards
Mr. Branam's bands were invited to performed for President Clinton and President Obama in recent years. Chris Branam was featured in the December 2002 issue of the SBO Magazine as the North Carolina representative of the "50 Directors Who Make A Difference". He was also selected the "Band Director of The Year" by the Central District Bandmasters Association for the 2001-2002 school year. Ensembles under his direction have consistently received superior ratings at music festivals.