Faculty & Staff

Brendan Schnabel

Jazz and Blues in America

Graduate Lecturer

  • Jazz and Blues in America

Brendan Schnabel is a professional saxophonist and music educator based in the Washington DC metro area. Brendan earned his degree in Saxophone Performance/Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and his Master’s in Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His career has seen him performing in diverse capacities, from music clubs in Washington D.C. and New York City, to cruise ships in the Caribbean and Canada, to the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Brendan’s educational activities have included serving as Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore where he taught music theory, jazz history, and the woodwind studio, as well as coaching big band and small jazz groups as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also has taught private music lessons for many years to students of all ages. Currently, Brendan is pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts with a concentration in Performance at George Mason University, where he also teaches Music Fundamentals and Jazz History as a graduate lecturer. He also recently began teaching Jazz Band 2 at Fairfax High School.

In addition to this, he maintains an active performing schedule all around the East Coast as a member of the DC-based world music band Black Masala.

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