MEDINA — A native son who is making a name for himself in Nashville will return home to perform a concert Dec. 30 at the Main Street Theater.
Brandon Noreck is a 2009 graduate of Medina High School, where he sang in the choir, performed in the jazz band, and was a member of the Mustang Marching Band from seventh grade through high school.
“Mrs. Roessler, who led the choir, was a great inspiration to me,” Noreck said. The doctor pushed me to become a singer. He pushed me to audition for a school musical. I didn’t want a star spot, but I ended up playing Tony in “West Side Story.”
Noreck’s parents still live in the area, his father Jim on South Lyndonville Road and his mother Lisa in Amherst. His grandfather John Bars is from Lockport.
“I’ve loved music my whole life,” Noreck said in a phone call from Nashville last week. “I started playing the piano at the age of 5.”
During his senior year of high school, Noreck and his mother took a trip to Nashville, and he was hooked.
“I fell in love with the city,” he says.
Noreck initially wanted to work in sound recording technology, not be an artist, he said. As a classical trumpeter, he entered Fredonia State College, where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sound recording technology.
Engineer, songwriter, singer and instrumentalist, Noreck plays piano, guitar and trumpet. Although he has knowledge of woodwinds, brass, percussion and choral arrangements, his specialty is R&B/Soul/Pop.
Music is one of the most important things in his life, he says.
After moving to Nashville in 2013, Noreck did freelance sound recording, and after a few years he realized his greatest passion was singing. He started attending Writers’ Rounds sessions, where musicians and singers meet and perform for each other.
Noreck has written several songs and really enjoys performing his original tunes, he said. He had some of his songs cut and released, and several went to number one in Nashville. He also did jingles on the radio.
When family friend Tim McPherson of Medina heard that Noreck was coming home for Christmas, he thought how great it would be if the singer could perform in front of a local crowd. McPherson contacted Joe Cardone and arranged to use the Medina Theater for a concert.
Noreck will sing and perform from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 30 at the theater. Admission is $10 at the door.