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