Ron Brammer is a native of Arkansas and graduate of the University of Arkansas. He began his teaching career in mid-year at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, a small Northwest Arkansas community. During that semester, the 26-piece Prairie Grove Band received a first division rating and qualified to participate at the state level for the first time in the school's history. Ten years of his teaching career were spent at Van Buren, Arkansas--eight years as a high school band director and Coordinator of Instrumental Music for the district. It was during that tenure the Van Buren Band program achieved its position as one of Arkansas' premiere band programs, a position it holds to this day. Under Mr. Brammer's leadership, the Van Buren High School Band was an Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association Sweepstakes winner for eight straight years. The band program earned a reputation for the excellent quality of its individual musicians by consistently being among the top three Arkansas schools in number of students placed in the Arkansas All-State Band--one year placing 27 All-State Band members including six in first-chair positions. Ron Brammer was a Regional Stanbury Award winner, has held membership in Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Director's Association, and was a charter board member and past president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association. A member of the Association of Concert Bands, he has been a clinician and adjudicator in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Ron Brammer is currently on the music staff at Missouri State University serving as the conductor of the Missouri State University Community Band.