His name is to be found among the credits of seventy-five documentary films, such as Gulf's "Invisible Journey", Ford's "Highway By the Sea", Bell's "Ballad To The Fair", and many others for which he has garnered Venice, Edinburgh, Golden Reel, Valley Forge, Freedoms Foundation, Scholastic, and Golden Lion Awards.
He has collected Peabody, Ohio State, Edison, and Emmy Awards for his hundreds of television shows, and was for four years host of Procter and Gamble's top-rated Canadian series, "Let's Sing Out". He was Music Director of NBC-TV's "Sunday Show", "Exploring", "Treasure Chest", and others, and was host and composer for "The First Look" and NBC's syndicated "Spirit of '76". As a leading performer for children on TV, records, and films, he was on the advisory panel which created the series known as "Sesame Street".
He has scripted and scored ballets for Agnes DeMille and John Butler, commercials for Rival, Log Cabin, Maxwell House, Oldsmobile, etc. and was responsible for the songs in the films "The Fox", "Sybil", "The Long Riders" and "Blue Chips". He created music for the critically-acclaimed "In White America" and the score for "How To Steal An Election". With Paul Nassau he wrote the lyrics and music for the Broadway shows, "A Joyful Noise" with John Raitt, directed by Dore Shary, and "The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N" with Hal Linden and Tom Bosley, directed by George Abbott. He also wrote and scored the Kennedy Center's Bicentennial musical, "Sing America Sing".
Brand is the Curator of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, author of seven best-selling books, has recorded 90 LPs, written songs for Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, the Smothers Brothers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He has been on the faculty of The New School, New York University, and Hofstra University. He has a BS in Psychology from Brooklyn College, a Laureate from Fairfield University, and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Winnipeg.
In his long association with the National Public Radio Network, he has been host of "Voices In The Wind", arts interviewer for "Morning Edition", and co-host of the five-hour "Sunday Show". For CBC he was the "U.S." for Canada's CTV. He was host of "Brand New Scene" and composed the Canadian anthem, "Something To Sing About". His concerts for adults and children have earned him such accolades as this from the NY Times: "One of America's best".
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