Growing up in a musical family and with a father who was a band teacher, Brandon began playing saxophone at the age of eight and within months was playing in his dad’s senior concert band. Saxophone soon became a major part of who he is. By grade five he started playing clarinet as well and continued his musical development becoming a soloist in many concerts. By grade nine he began learning flute adding to his doubling ability. While in high school Brandon performed at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Alberta Summer Games and was selected to play with the Alberta Honor Band at the Alberta Band Association Convention.
Following high school graduation, Brandon attended the University of Calgary to study saxophone with Dr. Jeremy Brown. While attending he performed in the University Wind Ensemble, Red Band Jazz Band and the “Super Sax” Group “Saxophonee”.
Brandon also became involved with the Calgary music scene performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Wednesday Night Big Band and the Prime Time Big Bands. During these years he began doing numerous saxophone, flute and clarinet clinics for junior and senior high schools, and taught private lessons at the Bearspaw School of Fine Arts and in his own studio.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree, Brandon became a sought after private teacher, clinician, and performer in Southern Alberta. During the 1990’s Brandon did several contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and Norwegian Cruise lines performing with their show bands and jazz combos. Over the past 25 years, he has also performed with several Local Bands including “The Wednesday Night Big Band”, The Prime Time Big Band”,“Hot Cargo”, “20/20”, “Tequila Rain”, “TR3”, “The Calgary Jazz Orchestra”, and “Urban Divide”. Brandon is also currently the Musical Director of the Fox Big Band.
From 2001-2004 Brandon was the saxophone instructor at Red Deer College as well as Red Deer’s “Adventures in Music Summer Camp. Brandon also taught saxophone at Mount Royal University’s Summer Saxophone Camp and the Head Start Summer Band Camp.
For the past seven years Brandon has been the Jazz Director at St. Francis High School, and for the past two years at Notre Dame High School, in Calgary Alberta. He also has been the Director of the Calgary Summer Jazz Camp for the past five years.
Brandon Oberhamer has performed in virtually every type of setting and has now released his second album entitled “Christmas Peace” with Pianist Marvin Goldstein.