Mrs. Brandt was the kindest, most amazing teacher. I had her at McAuliffe when it first opened and took private lessons from her. She believed in me, pushed me to be my best and gave me opportunities for growth whenever she could.
She let us start a “home room band” where we came down during homeroom and pulled out music to sight read. We ran it all ourselves so it was my first opportunity to conduct and teach. She even would let substitutes know to let us do it if she was absent.
This picture is of her and Gary Smerillo at my college senior flute recital. It meant the world to me that she was there. I’m now a music teacher. I taught elementary and middle school band for 12 years and am now teaching high school.
We all knew how much she loved her students and her influence is absolutely with me in the way I love mine. Thank you for setting up a scholarship in her name so she can continue to change the lives of young musicians. She absolutely changed mine.
She was one of my heroes who believed in me, pushed me to be my very best, and was always one of the teachers I could run to when the world was upside down in my young life. I’ll always remember practicing in her home and her cats walking on the piano. She is who got me into community theater, convinced me to audition for orchestras and prepared me for All Shore and All Shore every year I auditioned - and every year I got in. I dont have the words to express my sadness. Though, her impact was tremendous and that is what makes a legacy.
PS - I love that they mention her marching band!!! That is where many of us from Phoenix got our start. I remember in drum major and playing alongside her, learning so much.
“What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you’ll never see grow.” - Hamilton.
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Mrs.Brandt- she was an amazing music teacher. She pushed me so hard in middle
school to get better and better at the clarinet. I owe my ability to read music to her. I’ll never forget doing Cinderella at a community theater, with her playing the piano, and during my entrance she always had the best laugh for me. It got to a point where I’d come out and think of stuff just to make her laugh. She was one of a kind. She was a wonderful teacher. She will be missed. Rest In peace, Mrs.Brandt ❤️