Brennan Johns is a multi-instrumentalist brass player and synthesist from Los Angeles, California who holds two degrees (BM Bass Trombone and Euphonium Performance, MM Jazz Composition) from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was taught by M. Dee Stewart, Carl Lenthe, Wayne Wallace, and Brent Wallarab. Regularly performing and recording across the country in a wide variety of styles including classical, jazz, Latin jazz/salsa, funk/soul/R&B, and Dixieland, Brennan has accumulated a diverse portfolio of styles, idioms, and instruments.
Brennan has performed and recorded with a number of world-renowned artists, including Bootsy Collins, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Dave Steinmeyer, and Rich Perry. He can be heard on several albums on multiple instruments, including two that were Grammy nominated.
In addition to performing and recording, Brennan is an active transcriber, arranger, and composer, and has had both arrangements and compositions performed by the Capital Wind Symphony, Northwestern University Brass Ensemble, Eastman Brass Guild, Indiana University Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, Indiana University Latin Jazz Ensemble, Indiana University Brass Choir, Indiana University Trombone Choir, and Brass of Peace. A septet arrangement of his was commissioned and performed twice for the Indiana Bicentennial.