Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra / Ball State University
Braham Dembar joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as Principal Percussionist in 2007. Before coming to the ISO, Braham was Principal Percussionist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music Performance in Percussion at Ball State University, and was formerly a Continuing Lecturer in Percussion at Indiana University/Purdue University in Fort Wayne where he was head of the percussion program and directed the university percussion ensemble. Before coming to Indiana, Braham performed regularly as an extra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra, was timpanist of the Handel and Haydn Society, and performed with many other orchestras in the Boston area.
Braham earned a B.M. in performance at Boston University, and an M.M. in performance from New England Conservatory. He attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and participated in the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy. He also attended Juilliard Pre-College during his high school years. His major teachers have included Charles Smith, Thomas Gauger, and Vic Firth, all of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
As an active performer and clinician throughout the Midwest, Braham has given clinics for PASIC, Indiana PAS-Day of Percussion, Music for All, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and at Indiana University/Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He has also recorded with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Burning River Brass, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Hal Leonard Publishing.
Braham currently endorses Evans, Vic Firth, Zildjian,and Pearl/Adams percussion products. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.