Brandon Ridenour picked up the trumpet in fifth grade band class in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Upon graduating from the Juilliard School, he immediately began touring the world with the Canadian Brass and embarked on a solo career. He is an active composer/arranger, writing in a wide variety of styles for various instrumentations and artists. Ridenour has worked with a diverse array of musicians including Sting, James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Cockburn, Caroline Shaw, Vienna Teng, and Joe Jackson, and ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Publiquartet, and many others. He has been a featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.