Born in Southwest Michigan, Brandon began playing the trombone at the age of ten and branched out musically several years prior.  In high school, he performed in various ensembles such as marching band, jazz band, concert band, Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra, and was an avid performer of other genres as well.  Originally he began playing the bass to fill in for a vacancy in his high school jazz band, and took a liking to the instrument.  At Lake Michigan College, Brandon performed in the pit band for the musical Ain't Misbehavin where he met Chris James and Ivan Akansiima.