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About the Conductor


Composer, tuba player, and conductor, Sy Brandon, brings over a half-century of professional experience to the position of conductor of the Cottonwood Community Band. After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College, Brandon went on to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Arizona.


His teaching experience includes being a band director in the Haverling Central Schools in Bath New York, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Director at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton Oregon, and Professor of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He has guest conducted the University of Arizona Orchestra, the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Sun City (AZ) Pops Band, and the Prescott (AZ) Pops Orchestra.

As a low brass performer, Brandon has been a member of organizations such as The Colorado Springs Symphony and Opera Orchestras, the Sun Valley Music Festival Orchestra, the York Symphony Orchestra, the Keystone Brass Quintet, and numerous summer bands. He was also active as a soloist on trombone, euphonium, and tuba. He moved from Pennsylvania to Cottonwood in 2009 where he joined the Cottonwood Community Band on tuba.

Dr. Sy Brandon

Brandon’s composing honors include first prizes in the WITF-FM's 25th Anniversary Composition Contest, the El Dorado Sacred Music Composition Contest, Franklin and Marshall College’s Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, the New England String Ensemble Composition Competition, the Quadre Composition Competition, the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, and the Bassoon Chamber Music Competition. He has received commissions from organizations that include the Boise Philharmonic, York Symphony Orchestra, the Twentieth Moravian Music Festival, the Arizona Commission on the Arts to compose the band composition celebrating the Arizona Centennial during 2011-12, and the 2018 Thor Johnson Memorial Commission from the Delta Omicron Foundation. He received Honorable Mention in the 2016 American Prize for chamber music composition and has had live and broadcast performances of his throughout the United States and abroad, including performances by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force Bands. His music is recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra on the Albany Records Label and the Philharmonia Bulgarica and the Kiev Philharmonic on the ERM Label.


Brandon has authored two books on music: A Composer’s Guide To Understanding Music in 2005 and Dr. B’s Music Practice Guide in 2015.



Band Member Information


2019-20 Rehearsal & Performance Dates



Rehearsals for the fall season are Monday evenings, from 7:00 - 9:00 beginning Aug. 12,2019

Rehearsals for the spring season are Monday evenings, from 7:00 - 9:00 beginning January 6, 2020

A quote from Carolyn Sherrill, Meridian Community Band, Okemos, MI:
"Don't come to rehearsal to learn your own part.  Come to rehearsal to learn everyone else's part."


Rehearsals are held at:

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Cottonwood  Community School Band Room

Cottonwood, AZ 86326.


Dress Code - Formal Concerts

Men: Black slacks, white shirt, black necktie,

black shoes. (Please, no white socks)

Women: All black, including shoes.

Dress Code - Informal Concerts     

Casual white shirts please with blue or

black on the bottom

Sedona March Concert (tentative date)

Sedona United Methodist Church

March 15, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Cottonwood March Concert (tentative date)

Verde Community Church

March 22, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Camp Verde May Concert (tentative date)

Phillip England Performing Arts Center

May 3, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Cottonwood May Concert (tentative date)

Verde Community Church

May 17, 2020

Concert 3 PM

Musicians call time - 2 PM

Formal concert attire

Flag Day Ceremony June 14 (tentative date)

Clarkdale Elks Lodge

Performance  2:00 PM

Musicians Call Time: 1:00 PM

Causal red, white and/or blue attire

Clarkdale Old Fashioned 4th of July

Clarkdake Town Park

July 4, 2020

Concert: 9:30 AM

Musicians call time: 8:30 AM

Causal red, white and/or blue attire


Performance Venues

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Clarkdale Elks Lodge

100 N Broadway

Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Clarkdale Town Park

1001 Main St.

Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Verde Community Church

102 S Willard St.

Cottonwood, AZ 86326


Mingus Union High School Auditorium

1801 E Fir St
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd

Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts

210 Camp Lincoln Rd.

Camp Verde, Arizona 86322

Sedona United Methodist Church

110 Indian Cliffs Rd.

Sedona, AZ 86336



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