Drums, Percussion, Mallets
Brendan first picked up a pair of sticks when he was 5 years old, and started taking drum lessons shortly after. Being born to two of Rush’s biggest fans, Brendan grew up listening to lots of Classic Rock, Hard Rock, and just about everything that was played on KSHE95. He expanded his musical tastes from borrowing his older brother’s iPod, which exposed him to Ska, Reggae, Punk Rock, Hip Hop, and Death Metal to name a few. He joined his middle school band program as a percussionist which opened up a whole new world of drums and percussion. When he started High School, he was enrolled in the High School Concert/Marching Band, and was also encouraged by some friends to join the school Jazz Band as a drumset player. It was around this time that he would also join his dad’s cover band and gain lots of gigging experience. Around his Sophomore year, his Band Director recommended that he take private lessons with Kevin Gianino, the Jazz Drum Set instructor at Webster University in St. Louis. Having studied with Kevin through his senior year, Brendan was able to make the Missouri All-State Jazz Band his senior year of High School, as well as the Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Band his Junior Year of college. Brendan earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Central Methodist University, being actively involved with the Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensembles, Marching Band, and Praise/Worship Band. He took private percussion lessons all 4 years with Brian Tate. While at CMU, he met fellow student and singer/songwriter Preston Ary, who was looking to start up a band. He has since been gigging with the Preston Ary Band, playing all across MO. After graduating, Brendan went on to teach K-12 Music for one year, and has since been gaining hands-on experience with Music Production and Recording, as well as being a part-time Sales Representative at Palen Music Center in Columbia.