Dr. Sy Brandon holds the rank of professor emeritus of music from Millersville University, Millersville, PA. Dr. Brandon has received widespread acclaim for his compositions including first prizes in the WITF-FM Classical Composition Contest (1996), Tuba Universal Brotherhood Association Tuba Etude Composition Contest (1996), El Dorado Sacred Music Composition Contest (2000), Franklin and Marshall College Wind Ensemble Composition Contest (2001), New England String Ensemble Competition (2003), and Quadre Composition Competition (2015). He was commissioned to write the band composition to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial in 2012 and received the Thor Johnson Memorial Commission for 2018 from The Delta Omicron Foundation. He was an American Prize finalist and semi-finalist in 2012 and 2013 in several composition categories. His music has been recorded by Czech National Symphony Orchestra on the Albany Records Label, the Philharmonia Bulgarica and the Kiev Philharmonic on the ERM label, the Contemporary Record Society, and by numerous artists through Emeritus Recordings. Dr. Brandon's music has been performed both throughout the United States and abroad, including performances by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force Bands and broadcasts by many public radio stations including NPR’s “Performance Today”. He is the author of “A Composer’s Guide to Understanding Music” and "Dr. B's Music Practice Guide."