Faculty & Staff

Brendan Schnabel

Jazz and Blues in America

Graduate Lecturer

  • Jazz and Blues in America (MUSI 107)
  • Fundamentals of Rock, Blues and Jazz (MUSI 106)

Brendan Schnabel is a Washington D.C. based saxophonist, composer and music educator. A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, he has performed extensively throughout the East Coast in venues such as Washington D.C’s Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, and the Howard Theater and New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl and DROM, as well as internationally in countries like Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South Africa.

Brendan’s teaching activities have included serving as Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore where he taught music theory, jazz history and applied saxophone, as well as coaching a big band and small jazz combos as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also taught private music lessons for many years to students of all ages and has directed Fairfax High School’s Jazz Band.

Currently, Brendan is pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts with a concentration in Jazz Saxophone Performance at George Mason University, where he also teaches Music Fundamentals and Jazz & Blues in America as a graduate lecturer. In addition to this, he maintains an active performance schedule, both as a freelancer and in the D.C.-based brass band Black Masala, which tours throughout the year in various music venues and festivals throughout the United States. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance/Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he studied privately with teachers such as Albert Regni, J.C. Kuhl, Skip Gailes, and Doug Richards, and his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied saxophone, flute and clarinet with the late Chris Vadala.

Contact Mr. Schnabel: bschnabe@masonlive.gmu.edu