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Brandon Draper


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Brandon Draper has enjoyed a celebrated career as drummer, percussionist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. Draper has performed with the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Ottmar Liebert, DJ Logic, Donna Summer, Mose Allison, Steve Coleman, Mike Moreno, Bobby Watson and Kevin Hays. From 2011-14 he toured the U.S. with the live-tronica pioneers Particle. He performed in the critically acclaimed world premiere of the hip-hop musical Venice in Los Angeles Fall 2010, and premiered his original work Bass Darabukas with Quixotic and the Kansas City Symphony in the spring of 2011. He was music director for Quixotic from 2007-2012 and continues to compose for the ensemble. Draper recorded, co-mixed and performed on the 2013 release Yalniz by Alaturka, which received 4.5 Stars - Best albums of 2013 - Downbeat Magazine. He also runs the acclaimed children's interactive music program Drum Safari with his wife of 14 years, Teryn, and two daughters.

Currently Draper is also on faculty at the University of Kansas, where he teaches jazz drums, world percussion and steel band and leads the Music Enterprise Certificate combining music business, management and entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor's degree in percussion performance from Bethany College, and a Master of Music with distinction from the University of New Mexico.

"Folks, Draper's range of ethnic styles has me hooked!" — Santa Fe Reporter

“Brandon Draper does things on the drums that seem near-impossible. His intense beat keeps the fire burning all the time … . ” — KC Star

“…Brandon Draper’s a must-see and must-hear, at all costs.” — Berman Music Foundation