Brandon Katz

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Double Bass | Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Guitar | Beginner, Intermediate, Electric Bass |Beginner and Intermediate Voice | Beginner Piano | Beginner Ukulele | Beginner Mandolin | Beginner Percussion | Beginner Violin | Beginner Viola

Musical Interests: 19th century Western Symphonic Music, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Progressive Rock, and Bluegrass

Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree in applied double bass, and music education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, while simultaneously completing his Colorado Department of Education public school teacher licensure for K-12 general, vocal, and instrumental music. He then continued on at CSU to complete his Master’s degree in applied double bass, and music education with an emphasis on instrumental conducting, and 19th century Romanic music. Throughout his collegiate career Brandon was a double bass section member of the Colorado State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenny of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. During that same time Brandon was an instructor at the Piano Institute, a private music school, where he taught private piano and guitar lessons to children ages 4 and up, as well as adult students

After graduation Brandon accepted several public music school teaching positions. He worked as a middle school choir teacher at Winsor Middle School, and as a general music teacher at Mountain View Elementary School, both in Windsor CO. Then he taught middle school choir, and beginning guitar at Timberline Middle School in Longmont CO. While teaching, Brandon held the Principle double bass position for the UC Health and Wellness Orchestra. 

In 2015 Brandon moved to the Chaffee County area with his wife Julie. While in the area he held the Principle double bass position for the Alpine Orchestra, and San Louis Vally Orchestra, as well a double bass section position in the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Up until the birth of his twin daughters, Madeline and Hannah, Brandon held the position of adjunct professor of applied double bass instruction at Adams State University in Alamosa CO. When Brandon isn’t playing or teaching music, he enjoys skiing up at Monarch Mountain with his family in the winter, and whitewater rafting on the Arkansas, or going on multiday raft trips on the Colorado, Green, and Yampa rivers in the summer. 

To say I was impressed with Brandon's credentials would be the understatement of the year. Brandon's resume certainly speaks for itself, but his kindness, professionalism and passion for teaching are equally as impressive. We could not be more honored to welcome Brandon to Coletrain Music Academy! Brandon will not only be an incredible asset here at CMA, he will also be an incredible asset for our community at large. - Coleman Smith, CMA Founder & Music Director