Brendan McBrien grew up in Sunnyvale, California, where he began his musical training on the horn at age ten. He began private study on the horn in high school with one of his lifelong mentors, Jack Russell, a professional horn player and successful middle school music teacher. Brendan is an active adjudicator, clinician, and frequent honor group conductor.
After moving to Southern California, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied horn with Fred Fox and Calvin Smith, composition with Justus Matthews, and conducting with John Carnahan.
Brendan is an active adjudicator, clinician, and frequent honor group conductor. He has served two terms as Vice President of Membership for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). He has presented workshops at both the California Band Directors Association and the California Music Educators Association state conventions as well as numerous presentations for the SCSBOA. He has been the recipient of the Middle School Teacher of the Year award in the Irvine Unified School District, Secondary Teacher of the Year from the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators Association, and has multiple listings in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Since 1988, Brendan has been director of instrumental music at Venado Middle School in Irvine, California.