Brandon Almagro began playing trumpet at age 12 in his hometown of New Berlin, WI. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland. Brandon has studied with Chris Gekker, Steven Hendrickson, and Dennis Najoom. Currently, Brandon is a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. With the band, he performs frequently at the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Capitol, and Arlington National Cemetery. He performed taps live on PBS at the 2009 National Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall. He has been featured in the National Geographic book, Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to his duties with the Navy, he maintains an active free-lance career. Brandon performs frequently with the popular Philadelphia soul group, The O’Jays, and has also performed with the Washington Symphonic Brass, Delaware Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and nationally with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band.