Branden Steinmetz – Graduate Assistant
Branden Steinmetz is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. Previously, he served for 4 years as a band director at Woodbury High School in Woodbury, MN where he taught band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and 2 winter drumlines, while maintaining an active performance career with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra (WI).
Steinmetz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (2011) and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Minnesota (2013). His primary mentors include Dr. Kevin Sedatole and Dr. Christopher Werner (conducting), Professor Fernando Meza and Dr. Tammy Fisher (percussion), and Dr. Jack Stamp (composition).