David Brennan
Lecturer, Music Education

David Brennan has been a performer and educator in the greater Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. From the Rose Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl, the Super Bowl and beyond, he has enjoyed the good fortune of creating music across multiple genres with some of the finest musicians in the world.

Brennan’s ensemble experiences include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, New West Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, West Hollywood Orchestra, Santa Monica College Symphony, Santa Monica Civic Light Opera, and Jacaranda: Music at the Edge. Onstage and in the studio, he has had the privilege of working under the direction of many renowned composers and conductors, including Marcelo Lehninger, Nir Kabaretti, Christopher Rountree, Andreas Mitisek, Bill Conti, Patrick Williams, Harry Gregson-Williams, Bill Cunnliffe, Alex Geringas, and the great John Williams. His performance career includes recorded music for motion pictures and television, including A Bright Shining Lie, Pumpkin, Road Trip, Don’t Say A Word, Shrek the Halls, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh.

Currently, he is a member of the Encore Saxophone Quartet, which performs regularly in concert in Los Angeles and was a recent winner of the 2016 Beverly Hills National Auditions concert series. He has also performed with popular musicians such as Guster, The Mills Brothers, Nick Waterhouse, Heidecker and Wood, Kelley James, Matthew Morrison, Rashawn Ross and Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band), and Seth Macfarlane. In addition, he has had the honor of playing for President Bill Clinton and worked as a consultant for the hit ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Brennan holds the unique distinction of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees, all from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His studies included emphases in saxophone performance, conducting, and music education. He currently serves as a member of the faculty at both UCLA and La Sierra University (Riverside, CA), teaching courses in saxophone, chamber music, jazz improvisation and theory, woodwind technique and humanities. Additionally, he has served on the faculties at Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) and The Master’s College (Santa Clarita, CA).

Brennan is proud to be an endorsed Performing Artist with the Conn-Selmer Company and D’Addario Woodwinds.

UCLA to host first piano festival devoted to contemporary canonic works
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presents the “Dialogues and Re-imaginings Piano Festival,” a three-day event that will feature the responses of contemporary composers to canonic works for the piano. The
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