North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music. He taught at Eastern Michigan University for 35 years and, after retiring in 2008, is now associate professor emeritus of voice. He started his music career playing clarinet and later switched to voice during graduate school at Northwestern University. He may be reached at

North Central NOW Spring 2012