When Brandon Borseth discovered what he wanted to do with his life, he was just about the last to know.
It happens that way sometimes.
“I started out as a journalism major at Drake,” Borseth recalls. “I was convinced there was no money in music. I think I realized halfway through my sophomore year, all my friends were musicians; I was spending all my time in the music building. I was joining ensembles that music majors and performance majors were doing. It just became painfully clear.”
So when Borseth talked to his advisor about changing to a music major, it was a surprise to no one.
“My advisor looked at me and said, ‘What took you so long?’ ” he recalls.
Borseth continued to join just about every ensemble he could during his years at Drake University. He and his wife even made it part of their start as a married couple.
“My wife and I actually used the jazz band trip to Europe as our honeymoon,” he says with a smile. “It was the cheapest trip to Europe we were going to find.”
A graduate of Southeast Polk High School, Borseth spent the first seven years of his teaching career at Iowa Christian Academy in West Des Moines. Now in his second year teaching instrumental music in Clear Lake, he teaches sixth grade band students as well as grades nine through 12.
“These kids are phenomenal,” Borseth says. “They show up during study hall so they can practice. I see them come in before school; I see them come in after school.”
Music, he believes, is much more than notes on a page. To him, it’s a way to learn about life and a passion that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
“It makes all the difference in the world,” he says. “Music brings purpose, it brings meaning and direction. It’s something that, regardless of your ability level, you can participate in; you can grow in, and you can share the experience.”
Today, Borseth believes that he has found not only his passion as a profession, but a place to really call home.
“We love Clear Lake,” he says. “My wife and I drove around town and really felt that this is where we are supposed to be.”