Brandi Brandes is a multi-disciplinary percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, and composer. She has studied primarily with San Francisco Ballet principle percussionist David Rosenthal and Machete Ensemble composer and arranger John Calloway. Brandi’s musical foundation is in theater and competitive marching band, and her musical evolution was through the widely diverse ensembles in the artistic communities of San Francisco: an artist residency at the Climate Theater, Garnada Arabic and flamenco quintet, Rennea y Sus Amigos salsa and Venezuelan folk music ensemble, Punk Rock Orchestra, The Tennessee Valley Orchestra, The SFSU AfroCuban ensemble, and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Original theater compositions include City Circus’ Kamikaze Heart at the Brava Theater, Tim Barsky’s 7 Beggars and Summer Shapiro’s Legs and All at the Climate Theater, and Territories at the Magic Theater. Theater orchestra credits include Tommy, West Side Story, The Wiz, and she is a regular stage band member for San Francisco’s award-winning sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster. Brandi holds a Bachelor’s in music with World Music emphasis from San Francisco State University.