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David Branter


David Branter

Dr. David Branter has a BM, MM and DM from Indiana University and performs as both a classical and jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. He has acted as Music Director for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (PSWE) from 1996-1999 and again starting in 2013. That ensemble premiered the Fred Stride work Caverns in July 2005 at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in Singapore with Branter as tenor saxophone soloist. PSWE also premiered Branter’s pieces Cool in February 2007 and Hip in March 2012. A new piece, The Tribe part 1, was premiered in November 2014. In July of 2015 Branter directed PSWE in two programs at the WASBE conference in San Jose, California. A new Branter piece, Connections, was premiered at that time. The latest piece, Essay on Origins, premiered at a PSWE concert on 9 June 2018. Dr. Branter has been saxophonist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1977 and has also performed as saxophonist with the Vancouver Opera. He performs regularly with jazz groups led by Alan Matheson including the CBC Jazz Orchestra and is featured on Matheson’s cd Intrada.  Branter also performs regularly and has recorded with John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra including concerts at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Dr. Branter plays tenor saxophone with the saxophone quartet Saxophilia. Saxophilia, established in 1996, has premiered works by Derek Charke, John Burke, Colin MacDonald and others but has a wide-ranging repertoire. Dr. (David) Branter recently retired from teaching at the Vancouver Community College School of Music.

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