Brandon Draper

Lecturer, jazz drums, world percussion, steel band and music enterprise
Primary office:
115 Murphy Hall


Brandon Draper has enjoyed a celebrated career as drummer, percussionist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. Currently Draper is on music faculty at the University of Kansas where he teaches jazz drums, world percussion, steel band and leads the Music Enterprise Certificate combining music business, management, and entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Bethany College and a Master’s of Music with distinction from the University of New Mexico.

Draper has performed with the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Ottmar Liebert, DJ Logic, Donna Summer, Mose Allison, Steve Coleman, Mike Moreno, Bobby Watson, and Kevin Hays. From 2011 to 2014 he toured the U.S. with the live-tronica pioneers Particle. In past years he performed in the critically acclaimed world premiere of the new hiphop musical "Venice" in Los Angeles Fall 2010, and premiered his original work “Bass Darabukas” with Quixotic and the Kansas City Symphony in Spring of 2011. Draper recorded, co-mixed and performed on the 2013 release Yalniz by Alaturka which received 4.5 Stars and Best albums of 2013 from Downbeat Magazine. He also runs the acclaimed children's interactive music program Drum Safari with his percussionist wife Teryn and two daughters.


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