Civitas would like to welcome Brandon Beck to the team. He is a freelance percussionist currently living in Irmo, SC. From Irmo, he operates his company BBeck Percussion which specializes in arranging and composition services, as well as providing private lessons to percussion students.
Brandon was a member of Drum Corps International performing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (07-09) and the Boston Crusaders (2010) for his age-out summer. He was also a member of Winter Guard International with Odyssey Percussion (06 & 07), Frequency Percussion (08) and Pariah Percussion Theater (09).
Brandon is currently the lead Tenor Tech for Music City Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Nashville, TN. Previously, Brandon was on the percussion staff for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. In 2013, he served as a percussion instructor for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band that performed as the opening act for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Brandon has worked with numerous high schools in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Ohio. During the school year and summer, Brandon teaches private lessons and works with local high schools. As an arranger, Brandon has written on both the high school and collegiate level.
Throughout his career, Brandon has had the privilege of being taught by outstanding teachers including: Mr. John Cypert, Mr. Heath Lawless, Mr. Hunter McRae, Mr. Kohei Mizushima, Dr. Omar Carmenates and Dr. Doug Rosener. While attending Auburn University, Brandon performed with the Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, Orchestra and the Auburn University Marching Band. Brandon has also been a performer with the Atlanta Falcons Drumline.
During the summer of 2013, Brandon earned a summer internship with the Pearl Corporation. Brandon is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and performs exclusively with Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and Prologix Percussion practice pads.
For more information about Brandon, visit his artist website at www.bbeckmusic.com or visit his company’s website at www.bbeckpercussion.com.
Civitas Independent would like to welcome Trey Hairston as Snare Technician. He has spent most of his life in Baltimore, Maryland, but was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Trey began his drumming career at the age of seven studying drum set and rudimental drumming. After graduating from Kenwood High School, he attended school at The Community College of Baltimore County, as well as Satellite Recording Studios majoring in Music Production and Engineering. He was a member of The Baltimore Ravens Marching band in 2004 and eventually became assistant section leader for the drumline. He is currently marching with the Carolina Panthers Drumline(PurrCussion) and is center snare for the ensemble. He is also the Battery Coordinator/Arranger for Olympic High School and Myers Park High School. Along with Trey's high school and NFL marching programs, he marched indoor in 2009-2010 with Chesapeake Indoor Percussion and was center snare their inaugural season. After aging out of indoor he began teaching at Olympic Indoor Percussion in 2011 as the Snare Technician/Battery Coordinator. For the 2015 WGI season, he joined Revelation Percussion Inc. as the Bass/Visual Technician.