Dr. Brandon Haskett is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Saginaw Valley State University. Additionally, he is a board member and founder of the non-profit National Society of Steel Band Educators, an organization created to support and develop strong pedagogy in steel bands.
His main research interests include the intersections of ethnomusicology and music education, curriculum and pedagogy of world music ensembles in schools and universities, and the history of steelpan programs in the schools. Haskett remains an active percussionist, presenting a shared recital in March 2014 and a lecture recital in Fall 2016, and regularly plays in steel band settings. Additionally, he directs the Valley Steel steel band.
Before coming to SVSU, Haskett was an Assistant Professor of Music Education at North Georgia College and State University. He has public school experience as a band, string orchestra, jazz band, and steel band director in Phoenix School District No. 1 and served as the Instrumental Music Coordinator for four years.