Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Brayden Wise
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Brayden Wise was born and raised in Vernon, BC. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1996 as a member of the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, in Vancouver BC. While in Vancouver, CPO2 Wise attended Capilano University’s Jazz Studies Programme, concentrating on Double Bass performance. During his tenure in the Reserves, CPO2 Wise was employed in a variety of tasks within the Band including Library, Transport and Sound Reinforcement, in addition to leading small jazz, pop and rock groups. He took on employment outside the Musician occupation, working as a clerk at Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Vancouver, as well as being employed as the Chief Clerk of 6 Field Squadron, 39 Combat Engineer Regiment, in North Vancouver BC. He transferred to the Regular Force as a Musician in 2006 and was posted to The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa, ON, where he worked as a bassist, Drum Major, and Bandleader for the pop/rock ensemble. In 2011, he returned to the Army, was promoted to WO and posted to the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton AB, where he served as Operations Manager and Quartermaster for the Band, as well as leading ensembles as both a player and conductor/bandleader. CPO2 Wise was promoted to his present rank and posted to the Naden Band in 2015.
In his spare time, CPO2 Wise enjoys playing hockey, cycling, running, attempting to golf, and is an avid home brewer. He resides in Victoria with his three children.