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Brandon R. Scarborough is a lifelong native of Akron, Ohio. His musical roots were embedded in him even before he arrived on the earth. His father, a jazz/church musician, would play their white baby grand piano to his pregnant wife for hours at a time. At 18 months old, he began to study with renowned jazz drummer Bill Roth and remained his student for 12 years. At 8 years old, he would become the drummer at the church his father pastored in Alliance, Ohio. But by the age of 12, Brandon's interests changed and he moved to the piano and organ. While the drums even today remain his first love, Brandon studied with late jazz pianist Pat Pace and by the age of 14 was the full time organist at his church.Over the years, Brandon has had the opportunity to display his musical gifts to large numbers of congregations and concert audiences, sharing the stage with some of the world's best talent such as Shirley Caesar, Regina Belle, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and The Winans. While thankful for the many musical opportunities he has had, he also realized the importance of continuing education. In 2002, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communication from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and in 2007, and earned his Master's degree from the University of Phoenix in education.He began his doctoral work at Walden University in 2015 and is in the dissertation stages of completing that degree. He has released two solo CD's "Hymns: A Lost Art" volumes 1 & 2. Additionally Brandon executive produced and released "The Emmanuel Project", featuring the entire student body of the Emmanuel Christian Academy in Akron, Ohio. Brandon was the first African-American male teacher to be hired at Archbishop Hoban High school to teach gospel choir and simultaneously served as an adjunct choir instructor at the College of Wooster. He also is the founder of "Bringing Gospel to Blujazz", a very successful quarterly interfaith event at Blujazz in downtown Akron, that features inspirational music, comedy, and good food! Because of his success with BluJazz, Brandon was requested to and currently sits on the board for the Rubber City Jazz fest as an advisor. After having worked in the non-profit sector outside the community for many years, Brandon saw a need in the community in which he resides and specifically, developed a passion to serve African-American males by founding Dreams Academy in 2016. While his initial plans may have been different, the journey has been a pleasure to be on as Dreams has been able to help, motivate, teach, and interact with over 125 young men from our community and teach them how to be the leaders of tomorrow and stand up men. in 2018, Brandon saw an opportunity to combine his passion for music with his passion for mentorship and the Dreams Academy Music and Media Center was opened where they instruct children and adults on piano, drums, guitar, and voice. He has been honored by several community organizations and is humbled by the acknowledgment; however, he is extremely proud of this accomplishment and is excited to see where the journey will continue to take him and the Dreams Academy organization.
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