David Brennan, DMA
Adjunct Professor of Music, saxophone
David Brennan is widely sought-after as both a performer and teacher in the greater Los Angeles area. His performance career includes recorded music for and appearances in several motion pictures, including “A Bright Shining Lie,” “Pumpkin,” “Road Trip,” “Don’t Say A Word,” “Shrek the Halls,” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” In addition, he has had the honor of playing for President Bill Clinton and worked as a consultant for the hit ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy.”
He has performed the national anthem at the NCAA Tournament Championship Finals in both Gymnastics and Volleyball. His ensemble experiences include performances with Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, West Hollywood Orchestra, Santa Monica College Symphony, Santa Monica Civic Light Opera, and Gang Nam Symphony from Seoul, South Korea. After receiving permission from Lindsey Buckingham’s publishing company, Dr. Brennan wrote an arrangement of the hit Fleetwood Mac song “Go Your Own Way” for saxophone quartet, which premiered in concert in Los Angeles.
Dr. Brennan holds the unique distinction of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees, all from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His studies included emphases in saxophone performance, conducting, and music education. He currently serves as a member of the faculty at La Sierra University (Riverside, CA), teaching courses in saxophone, chamber music, jazz improvisation and theory, woodwind technique and humanities. Additionally, he has served on the faculty at UCLA, Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) and The Master’s College (Santa Clarita, CA).
Dr. Brennan is proud to be an endorsed Performing Artist with the Conn-Selmer Company and RICO Reeds.
DMA, University of California Los Angeles
With a focus on American literature and film, this course seeks to make LSU students educated participants in the creation and evolution of American culture. To achieve this fundamental objective, the course introduces students to basic skills of critical analysis as applied to cultural “texts” produced in the United States. Students then learn to use these skills and respond to specific explorations of contested dimensions of culture such as religion, society, culture, politics, and economics. Prerequisite: ENGL 113 or 124
This course seeks to make LSU students educated participants in the creation and development of culture through an awareness of the forces that shape and influence modern culture. To achieve this fundamental objective, the course introduces students to basic skills of critical analysis as applied to cultural ‘texts’ and asks some of the people in modern society who are actively involved in the creation and shaping of culture to dialog and provide insight into this fascinating and creative process. Students then learn to apply these skills and respond to the guest speakers and lecturers in active discussion and dialogue with the goal of synthesizing a personal voice or interpretation of the products of culture in today’s world. Prerequisites: ENGL 113 or 12
Open to all players with an interest in jazz improvisation, including the development of the playing of small-group jazz. Jazz theory, styles, compositions, and practice techniques are explored. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.