Musician 1st Class Brandon May
Musician 1st Class Brandon May, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, began his piano studies with renowned pianist, Kirk Reese. He holds a bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Temple University, where he studied with Terell Stafford, Ben Schacter, Bill Cunliffe, Mike Frank, and Tom Lawton.
May started his military career as a member of the Air Force Band of the Golden West. He was a featured soloist on their Jazz Band's album entitled “Foe Destroyer”. In addition, May deployed for three months entertaining troops and strengthening diplomatic ties in Southwest Asia.
In 2016, May auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band, where he reported following Veterans' training at RTC, Great Lakes. He performs on piano in the Superintendent's Combo, where he serves as Leading Petty Officer, and on euphonium in the marching band. For his collateral duties, he is the Transportation Manager, Command Career Counselor, Command Pay and Personnel Administrator, and Command Finance Specialist.