John 15:5; I am the vine; you are the branches.

Branches Band Members ˚

Andy Braun

Andy plays guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and adds vocals. He also performs in an acoustic duo with Rachel aptly named “Andy & Rachel” ( Andy & Rachel play all over the Milwaukee area at a wide variety of venues. Andy graduated in 2005 with a degree in communication from Wisconsin Lutheran College. His home church is St. Matthew in Milwaukee (

Rachel Braun

Rachel (Schuelein) Braun plays small percussion (including bongos, tambourine, and shaker) as well as piano. Her most prominent instrument is her voice, as she received a degree in vocal performance from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2007. She also performs in the previously mentioned acoustic duo, Andy & Rachel. Rachel is an Arizona native, graduating from Arizona Lutheran Academy in 2003. Her home church is St. Matthew in Milwaukee (

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Jeremy Bakken (part-time)

Jeremy plays bass, piano, guitar, recorder, and adds vocals. He graduated from WLC in 2004 with degrees in mathematics and music composition. His compositions and arrangements are available from several U.S. publishers or at He earned a master’s degree in music composition and choral conducting from the University of New Mexico in 2013 and has completed coursework toward a doctorate in choral music at the University of Southern California. Jeremy began as Director of Worship and Sacred Music at Northwestern Publishing House in Milwaukee, WI in the fall of 2016. This allows him to work and perform with Branches Band in the greater WI area. His home church is still Gethsemane Lutheran in Los Angeles, CA ( until he settles in to a church home in the Milwaukee area.


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