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Faculty News: Brandon Draper

Draper inside Zildjian factory
From being the last artist to tour Zildjian to remotely visiting percussion studios at other universities and performing socially distanced outdoor concerts Brandon Draper, percussion lecturer and director of music enterprise, has continued to put his music entrepreneurship skills to good use during the pandemic. 
 
March 12, 2020
Western Connecticut University
Guest in Music Business 
Topics on streaming revenue, publishing, and branding 
(KU alum Dr. Greg Haynes and Doug Perry are on faculty)
 
March 13, 2020
Toured the Zildjian Cymbal factory and handpicked cymbals from their Artist Vault. Brandon Draper was the last artist to visit before the shutdown.
(pictured above)
 
Sept. 11, 2020
Crystal Bridges Museum,
Bentonville AR
Brandon performed his solo Drum Safari show “Drums of the World” for a sold-out, outdoor socially distanced concert on the lawn.
 
Oct. 1, 2020
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Oct. 21 2020
University of New Mexico
Guest in percussion studio online
Live electronics with percussion and an intro to live looping.
 
Nov. 11, 2020
UMKC
Guest in percussion studio online
Middle Eastern hand percussion techniques 
 
Dec. 1, 2020
Brandon was invited to consult with Audix Microphones based in Portland OR, to evaluate their line of microphones for student and pro studio use. The collaborative results will lead to new recording packages for students, universities, and producers as well as a series of product videos.
 
Studio Recordings:
Marcus Lewis Bigband - virtual series (Drums and percussion)
Andrea Lewis - Christmas album (Drums and percussion)
Jimmie Bratcher - I’m Hungry (Drums)
Alaturka Live with KU Jazz 1 (archived release 2013)

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