Name: Chris Branam
Subject and grade(s) taught: Instrumental Music (Band) 6-8 all tracks; Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Advance Band, Jazz Band, Steel Drum Band
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching 24 years as certified band director. I was a choreographer/drill designer for many marching bands prior to becoming a band director.
Awards & Recognitions
- Director/Clinician for various Honor Bands throughout North Carolina
- 2001–2002: Selected as North Carolina’s representative by School Band & Orchestra Magazine: Top 50 Directors in the United States: Who Make a Difference!
- 2004: Central District Bandmasters Association—Band Director of the Year
- 2010–present: Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, North Carolina State University
- 2015: Values in Education Teaching Award, presented by Cary Chamber of Commerce
Who or what influenced you to become a teacher?
I knew I wanted to be a band director from a very early age. I loved being a part of a band since my first days of middle school band class. One of the greatest influences for me to become a band director was my directors. I had great band directors that made band fun and they taught me so many life lessons through my band activities.
How do you spend your track outs?
I teach year round so I don’t track out. However, when I vacation, I’m often camping with my family in the mountains or at one of the lakes. We are planning a vacation to Disney so my seven-year-old son, Caleb, can enjoy the magic of Disney like my two older kids did.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy all outdoor activities, especially camping, fishing, and bow hunting. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle and umpiring baseball at the high school and college level.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
Spending time with young people daily and being involved in their education is very rewarding in itself. To teach new students, with no experience, from sixth grade through middle school and then hearing how amazing they become by eighth grade. It is also very rewarding to see them continue in high school; hopefully I have a chance to teach them again in the NC State Marching Band!
If I weren’t a teacher I’d be…
A firefighter or a police officer
How you can help Mr. Branam and his students
Show your appreciation for all of Mr. Branam’s hard work by becoming a band patron (download donation form) and by attending the Spring Concert on March 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the ECMS gym.
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