Stephen Brannen joined the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Music Department as an adjunct instructor in the Fall of 2015. He retired from the United States Air Force in June of that same year after serving twenty years as a guitarist in the band career field.

Originally a Music Theory and Composition major, Mr. Brannen received his Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry: Production and Technology from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999. He earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from Adams State University in 2015.

Stylistically, Mr. Brannen is fluent in jazz, rock, pop, country, classical guitar, and solo acoustic guitar. As an Air Force bandsman he performed all over the U.S. and across the globe in dozens of ensembles covering a wide variety of musical styles. Prior to his Air Force musical career, he was a freelance guitarist in Nashville, TN, where he performed at Opryland USA, the General Jackson Showboat, and a variety of other performance venues and recording studios.

In addition to guitar, music technology, and general music courses at UTC, Mr. Brannen also teaches digital audio technology and music appreciation at Chattanooga State Community College, as well as private and group guitar lessons at Cleveland State Community College.