Brandon was referred to as one of the top upcoming young performing artist in the region by the Baltimore Sun in 2015. Brandon Woody started playing the trumpet 12 years ago. He grew up in east Baltimore and attended several cultural programs around the city at a very young age Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Peabody preparatory, Morgan state summer camps, Leith Walk band program. Brandon Woody is an alumni of the Baltimore School for the Arts, and during his time there he participated in programs such as the Berklee jazz workshop, Grammy Camp, Young Arts Competition, Shenandoah Jazz soloists competition. He started his own band named UPENDO in the year of 2015, and has been having shows all over the east and west coast since then. Brandon received a full scholarship after high school to attend the Brubeck Institute.