Chris Branam

Lecturer and Assistant Director of Bands

Chris Branam is a Lecturer and Assistant Director of Bands in the Music Department at North Carolina State University. He has served as the Assistant Director of the NC State Marching Band since 2010.  He also conducts the Symphonic Band and is the Summer Camp Coordinator within the music department.  Mr. Branam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Campbell University while studying with conductor/composer Dr. Jack Stamp. Mr. Branam attended Southern Oregon University for graduate studies, focusing on conducting, jazz, and instrumental pedagogy. While serving as the Drum Major for the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps, Branam studied conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music with composer/conductor Dr. Frank Battisti.  


Prior to his appointment at NC State, Branam has served the NC Public School System for over 20 years directing successful high School and middle school bands.  He has been recognized by the SBO Magazine, Central District Bandmaster Association, and most recently in 2015 for his “Values in Education Award” presented by Cary Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to music education.  


Mr. Branam is an active visual/musical coordinator, clinician, and adjudicator for bands throughout the region.