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Southgate Anderson Band Program

Mr. Brendan Walter


Director of Band Programs & Choir Program
Mr. Brendan Walter
walterb@sgate.k12.mi.us 

Living in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan, percussionist Brendan Walter has flourished in the world of music as a performer and an educator. Brendan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where he studied with Dan Maslanka and Mark Stone. He has also studied with a number of acclaimed percussionists including Jim Ancona, Iain Moyer, Jason Ihnat, Liam Teague, Haruna Walusumbi, and Bernard Woma. These experiences have allowed Brendan to sustain and succeed a career as a solo and ensemble member, and as an educator for front ensembles and in the classroom setting.

Brendan is an active performer in the community and across the country, and has performed in Ensembles such as the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Steel Band, Oakland Wind Symphony, Oakland Brass Band, and Motor City Brass Band. Brendan was also involved in Oakland University’s Ngoma, that did a clinic on Embaire, a Ghanaian marimba, at PASIC in 2013. Along with Classical and World Percussion, Brendan was also involved with Marching Percussion as a member of Eastside Fury (2009-2011) and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2013, 2014). During his time at The Cadets, the corps won DCI world championships and the percussion section won the illustrious Fred Sanford award for the best percussion section.

In addition to performing, Brendan is a well rounded educator that has taught at numerous schools across the state of Michigan, including Plymouth Canton Educational Park, Troy Athens High School, Ferndale High School, and Southgate Anderson High School. He has also taught at independent groups such as Ferndale Independent Percussion, North Coast Academy Percussion, Redline Percussion, and Carolina Crown.

This year marks Brendan’s second year at Southgate Anderson High School, and his first as the Marching Band Director! Go Gate!

He is sponsored by Vic Firth and Zildjian    

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