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A trumpeter, writer, arranger, and music educator, Brendan Donnelly has a deep passion for his craft. He began his career when he was ten years old with a beaten-up trumpet that had sat unused in his grandmother’s attic for 50 years.

Since completing an undergraduate degree in performance at DePaul University, Brendan has played a wide variety of music in a range of venues all over Chicago.

He is also the lead producer, composer, arranger, and performer with Four Star Brass Band, which has recently released "The Four Star EP," and  will release an LP under his direction in the coming months.


Brendan Donnelly has performed with:

New Orleans Brass Bands: Four Star Brass Band, High Hat Second Line, Big Shoulders Brass Band

Jazz Combo: Brendan Donnelly Quintet, Patrick Donley Quintet

Wedding Band: The Simpletones, Yazz Jazz Experience, Heatwave Orchestra

Funk: Get Up with the Get Downs, Greg Jacks & Brother Help, Chicago Loud 9, Low Spark

Big Band: Heisenberg Uncertainty Players, Blueshift Big Band, Big Band Boom, La Peña Orchestra

Pops Orchestra: Christmas at DePaul Orchestra

Brendan is a accomplished composer, arranger, and performer with Four Star Brass Band

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