Brian O’Donnell, a native of San Diego California, completed his Master of Music Degree with Dr. Denson Paul Pollard at SUNY Purchase where he held a Graduate Teaching position. He earned his undergraduate degree in music as a full scholarship student with Jeannie Little at Louisiana State University. He began his studies with Vince Hernandez and Sean Reusch. He made his Carnegie Hall début in 2004 as soloist with the Carlsbad High School Wind Symphony, and has since performed in major venues throughout the world including Kennedy Center, Copley Symphony Hall, Smetana Hall in Prague, Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.
Brian is a multi-faceted musician, at home in both jazz and classical genres. He has performed with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra, New York Chamber Brass, Camerata Virtuosi of New Jersey, and the Westwind Brass Quintet. In 2012, Brian was featured as a soloist with The Purchase Symphonic Wind Ensemble and received an honorable mention as a finalist in the Southeast Trombone Symposium’s International solo competition. Recent seasons have seen Brian performing with Joe Garrison and Night People, the San Diego Summer Symphony, the Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra, and the San Diego Opera. Brian is currently on faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University, Palomar College, and spends his summers teaching at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He maintains a private studio throughout the San Diego area as well as serving as a clinician at many local schools. When not making music he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, and being outdoors.