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RIP to Bickford W.Brannen

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Yulia Berry
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From Branner Brothers Flutemakers, Inc:

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Bickford W. Brannen on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. A giant in the world of flutemaking has passed on. Upon his retirement from Brannen Brothers, we described Bick as “Founder, Leader, Master Flutemaker, Mentor, Teacher, Innovator.” We can add Collaborator to that list and many other titles. Although he had not been active in the company since 2007, his legacy lives on in every flute we make. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Laura Beha Brannen, and to his family and close friends.

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Kathy Blocki
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The flute community has lost a giant in flute innovation.  He was not only an innovator, but also a kind man.  About 12 years ago I was in the middle of making major decisions about manufacturing the Pneumo Pro.  It was all pretty daunting to me. A friend suggested that I call Bick Brannen.  When I called, he was in the middle of a move to a new home, but he still was gracious enough to help me through the decision process. He asked me to send him all the files, and then quickly called me back once he had studied the CAD drawings. He asked questions and then assured me that I was ready to go ahead and sign for the molds to be made. This all happened within the space of 24 hours. His kindness is something I strive to imitate.  Again, we have lost a giant in the flute world. My heart goes out to family members has the mourn his lost.    Kathy Blocki