Brendan Whittaker was born in Augsburg Germany, where his mother was stationed with the US Army. He returned to the US to be raised in the Notheastern New England, spending every summer with his extended families with agricultural background in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, and Maine's dairy lands. Following his musical pursuits at Lebanon High School in New Hampshire, Brendan received a Bachelor of Arts from BArd College in 2005 after four years' study of classical guitar, composition, and carpentry for the Performing Arts center there. He did his first SCA program with the Adirondack Corps that summer, and a year later he was with the Native Plant Corps in Escalante, Utah. Following a two year term of Service with the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa from 2007-2009, he spent a summer hiking along the Appalachian trail. He was lucky to be hired as staff for the Adirondack Program this summer, as it presented a wonderful opportunity to give back to something that gave him so much.