Title: Musician, Conductor, Trumpet Soloist
Company: Homestead Junior High School
Location: Homestead, Florida, United States
John Paul Branzer, Director of Bands at Homestead Junior High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education and performance.
Devoted to music since his formative years, Mr. Branzer matriculated at the University of Miami where he received a Bachelor’s degree in museum education in 1963 and a Master of Music in performance in 1986. Continuing his musical path, he studied with great musicians of symphonies nationwide, including August H. Schaeffer, Dr. Modeste Alloo, Gilbert Johnson and Louis Spielman. Showing great prowess in his skills, Mr. Branzer notably played as the first trumpet for the Miami Philharmonic, Miami Opera Guild, Tampa Symphony, Fort Lauderdale Symphony and Miami Beach Symphony between 1960 and 1965. Having appeared with artists such as Sammy Davis Junior, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder and more, he was conductor of the Miami Pops Orchestra from 1989 to 1991. More recently, he served the Sunrise Symphony as principal trumpet, trumpet soloist and assistant conductor from 2000 to 2017.
Today, Mr. Branzer has served Homestead Junior High School as director of bands for the past 55 years. Earlier, he served in the same role for Ponce De Leon Junior High School and Miami Edison Junior High School between 1963 and 1965. Among his numerous career highlights, Mr. Branzer recalls being the featured soloist of 40 shows at the Salzburg Concert a shining achievement, as well as being a trumpet soloist at the Inaugural Ball of the President of the U.S. in 1984. Presently, he maintains affiliation with the American Federation Musicians, International Trumpet Guild, United Teachers Dade, Dade County Music Educators and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Branzer can be found in editions of Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World. In his spare time, he enjoys old Rolls-Royces, football, brass instrument design, recording and swimming.
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