Ernest Brandon was educated at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, followed by graduate studies at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.
After eight years of teaching band and choir in the public schools, he moved on to the music faculty of Eastern Michigan University where he remained for 35 years teaching voice. Upon retirement he resumed playing clarinet, his primary instrument at North Central, where he had occupied the first chair in the college band.
Always having wanted to write music but having no time for it while teaching, he turned immediately to composing after retiring from EMU and found an aptitude for it. He currently has several works published – a mixture of arrangements, some transcriptions, and some original pieces. These works are for wind quintet, small brass ensembles and some duets, trios and quartets for various woodwinds.
He founded and currently plays in a wind quintet and is also the principal clarinetist of the Washtenaw Community Concert Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan.