Brandon Craswell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in trumpet performance from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Currently he is Associate Professor of Trumpet at University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia where he teaches and maintains an active performance schedule.
In demand as an orchestral musician, he has played with the Atlanta, Charleston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Honolulu Symphonies, including a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2010, he played principal trumpet with the Santiago, Chile Philharmonic. He was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons, working with “Bud” Herseth, former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over fifty years.
Adept at both classical and jazz, Craswell spent a year playing trumpet on the North American tour of the Broadway musical 42nd St. An International Trumpet Guild prize winner, Craswell has been a featured soloist at numerous international festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the International Romantic Trumpet Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Craswell has also shared the stage with pianist (and Van Cliburn winner) Olga Kern and the National Gallery of Art Chamber Orchestra. Aside from performing throughout the United States, Craswell has performed in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, and Russia.