Brandon Podjasek

Brandon Podjasek

Brandon Podjasek

Merit School of Music

Brandon Podjasek

Merit School of Music

Country:   United States Category:   CONCERT ARTISTS


Brandon Podjasek is a Broadway/Classical/Pop Musician living in Chicago, Illinois. He’s performed for Broadway in Chicago productions since 2010, having done such shows as: “Wicked”, “Mary Poppins”, “Young Frankenstein”, and “Beautiful”. Brandon is also a regular at the Historic “Paramount Theater” in Aurora IL where he’s performed: “The Little Mermaid”, “Mama Mia’, “Legally Blond” and many others. He’s the Principal Percussionist of The City Lights Orchestra, and a regular at AWR productions. With these groups, Brandon has backed up such artists as: Sting, Eddie Vedder, Billy Idol, Pete Townsend, Adam Levine, Warren Haynes, Andrea Bocelli, Ne-Yo, David Foster, and more. Brandon is also the Principal Timpani/Percussionist for Chicago's Haymarket Opera Company; a full period instrument ensemble, featuring 17th & 18th Century music. He’s performed on such PBS productions as: "A Christmas Carol: The Concert", "The 2015 Horatio Alger Awards", and “I am Ireland”. He's recorded overdubs for 20th Century Fox, “Final Fantasy Distant Worlds, and the “Final Fantasy 7 Remake” orchestral album.


Brandon attended the “Cleveland Institute of Music” earning a Bachelor Of Music in Timpani and Percussion. While at CIM, Brandon studied with Paul Yancich, and Richard Weiner of the Cleveland Orchestra. After graduation, Brandon spent 2 years cleaning up his technique at Cleveland State University with Tom Freer.


Brandon is a busy educator, currently on faculty at the Merit School of Music . He’s coached chamber music at the school to such successes as: 2015 Honorable Mention, 2016 2nd Place, 2018 2nd place - Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, 2016 1st place Winds/Brass/Percussion division & 2018 2nd place - A.N & Pearl G. Chamber Music Competition. 2018 3rd Place University of Michigan M – Prize Junior Open Division.


In his free time, he is an avid reader, and runner.

Brandon's Gear

Adams Percussion

Revolution Timpani (26", 29", 32")

Baroque Timpani (23", 26")

3.0 Octave Alpha Vibraphone, Gold Bars


Pearl Concert Percussion

16" x 16" Philharmonic African Mahogany Field Drum

14" x 4" Philharmonic Beaded Brass Snare Drum

28" Concert Bass Drum

S1030 Snare Drum Stand

PMBDL3 Multi-Fit Bass Drum Legs

Concert Bass Drum Tilting Stand

Toy Box Carrying Case