Profiles in Teaching with Technology
S3 E1: Brandon Estes
Brandon Estes serves as Associate Director of Bands and Head Director of the Marching Redhawks at Naperville Central High School. He is an active educator, clinician, and arranger within the Chicagoland area. A native of Houston, TX, Mr. Estes hold a B.M. in Music Education from Texas State University - San Marcos and M.M. in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University.
Mr. Estes' extensive drum corps marching experience includes membership with the Pioneer and the Madison Scouts between 1998 and 2002. In 2005, he served as Co-Arranger and Percussion Caption Head of the Blue Stars, and in recent year has worked with the Phantom Regiment. As a rudimental performer, Brandon was a founding member of the Chicago Bulls "Stampede" Drumline in 2007 and maintained membership for 7 years. Brandon is also in his 13th season as a performing member with the Chicago Bears Drumline, also serving as Director since 2011. In addition to his duties with the Bears, Brandon also serves on the executive board of the Pro Sports Music Association, collaborating with music ensembles amongst various leagues, including the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, NHL, CFL, and XFL.
As an orchestral performer, Estes has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Elmhurst Symphony of Elmhurst, Illinois, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Mr. Estes is a founding percussion performer with the Chicagoland Educators Orchestra under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Miller of the Air National Guard.