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Brendan Mason Biography

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Brendan Mason is an active teacher, performer, and clinician in the New England area.  He currently teaches general music at The Saint Mary School in Branford, CT and provides private lessons across Southern Connecticut.  Brendan also instructs several area drumlines, including the DCI Open Class 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cheshire High School Marching Band, the Connecticut Patriots, and the Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps. His most recent endeavor involves the revival of junior fife and drum corps in The Catholic School System, with Saint Mary School being the first of many inside the Connecticut Archdiocese.

 

Brendan is a student of Paul Cormier, Mike Gagnon, Matt Mayotte and Tim Cecil; and later studied under Ken Green while attending Northwestern State University of Louisiana to pursue a degree in music education and percussion performance. Brendan started playing rudimental snare drum at the age of 6 as a member of the Col. John Chester Drum Corps.  He soon began competing individually through the Corps, winning honors at the Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hudson Valley, and Northeastern States

Championships.  At age 9, Brendan became the youngest drummer to hold The Dan English Trophy as the Connecticut State Junior Snare Drum Champion, a distinction he has won more times than any other individual. 

 

Brendan is a member of the Connecticut Patriots and the Grand Republic Drum Corps.  He has also performed with the Middlesex County Volunteers and The Top Secret Drum Corps of Basel, Switzerland.  Through these groups, Brendan has toured both nationally and internationally, performing in Switzerland,

France, Germany, and Australia.  He has individually performed with notable musicians, such as Shania

Twain, and was featured on an ESPN recording. Brendan is a proud member of P.A.S, USARD and NARD.  He currently serves on the Marching Percussion Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He is also an endorsee of Innovative Percussion, Reamer’s Drummer Service, Cooperman Rope Drums and Loyal Drums.  

 

 

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