Chad O’Brien has a rich musical history in both performance and pedagogy. In his 15 years of applied study on trombone, Chad has studied privately with Mark Kellogg, Hal Crook, Andy Rosza, and others. He has extensive experience with many different styles. Among many others, Chad has played with ensembles ranging from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Dave Rivello Ensemble to the internationally renowned rock band Earth, Wind, and Fire.
As an educator, Chad studied with Christopher Azzara, Richard Grunow, and Kathy Liperote. He is an active participant in the music educator community; he was recently a featured speaker at the Illinois Music Educator Conference and will be presenting a clinic about teaching the blues at the NAfME In-Service Conference. He teaches private students on trombone, baritone, trumpet, tuba, and in the fields of jazz and music education. Chad formerly held positions as the Band Instructor at Rockland Country Day School in Congers, New York and Adjunct Brass Faculty at the Francis W Parker School in Chicago, IL. While living in Chicago, he also taught at the Beverly Arts Center and the Birch Creek Academy (Jazz Session).
He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Music Education and recently moved to Louisville, Kentucky to continue teaching privately, performing, and writing.