Brendan Donnelly

Brendan D.

Chicago, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you’re just starting out or have been playing for years, whether you want to play rock, pop, jazz, or blues, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level.
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Brendan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

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Brendan has been living in Chicago since 2014, and graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Trumpet Performance in 2017. During his time at DePaul, Brendan played in nearly every major ensemble at one point or another, including the renowned DePaul Symphony Orchestra and DePaul Jazz Ensemble.

Since graduating from DePaul, Brendan is now one of a handful of working trumpet players in the Chicago area. He performs regularly with Four Star Brass Band, a New Orleans-style brass band with a Chicago twist, and funk group Get Up With The Get Downs. Recently, he has played with these bands at House of Blues, Martyrs', Reggies', and The Green Mill. He has also played in other brass bands like Hi Hat Second Line and Patriot Brass, and has played gigs with professional big bands Big Band Boom and Heisenberg Uncertainty Players. He is also the resident trumpeter at St. Luke Evangelical Church in Lakeview.

Brendan has performed the national anthem at multiple DePaul sporting events, and was featured as a soloist in many ensembles within the School of Music.


As a teacher, I believe that the best approach is a naturalistic one. I like to let students discover things that interest them on their own while guiding them in the right direction by ensuring the use of good fundamentals. When a student is enjoying what they are working on in a lesson is when they are most attentive and absorbent of information. Therefore, if a student seems to respond more to a specific kind of music, teaching method, etc., I will likely incorporate that into my lesson as much as possible. I want my lessons to be fun and enjoyable while at the same time setting students on a path for success in music or whatever discipline they may pursue!

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Teaching Artist
Sep 2018 - Present
People's Music School

People's Music School provides free music education to children in under-serviced areas in Chicago. I teach trumpet lessons and trumpet sectionals to beginner/intermediate level students, ages 8-14.


Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance)
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
DePaul University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My brass band playing at Frontier with New Orleans Funk legend Ivan Neville
Adam Luntz 3/7/19

1/16/18 Photography by Kyle Monnig
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