DSO member since 2020
Brandon Mason joined the double bass section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2020 after five seasons as a member of the Kansas City Symphony. Though he is a new member, he has performed on Orchestra Hall’s stage as a substitute in the DSO and joined the orchestra on their 2017 tour of Japan and China. In February of 2020, Brandon served as guest Assistant Principal Bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also a recently added member of the Grand Teton Music Festival, playing his first concerts with the orchestra in the summer of 2019.
Originally from Arlington, Texas, Brandon began his life with the double bass in fifth grade orchestra class at his nearby public elementary school.
Brandon earned his Bachelor of Music from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts under the guidance of Edwin Barker. After graduation, he went to Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he obtained a Master of Music while studying and working closely with Paul Ellison.
As a student, Brandon was an active freelancer—playing regularly with the Houston Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, Musiqa Houston, Discovery Ensemble, and more. Additionally, he spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Spoleto Music Festival.
Brandon plays a modern American instrument made in 2011 by Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert and uses a bow made by Emile A. Ouchard.