Stephen Brannen joined the Chattanooga State Community College 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 music technology and general music courses at Chattanooga State, Mr. Brannen also teaches music technology, music appreciation, and applied guitar at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Cleveland State Community College.