Musician, Drummer, Educator.
33-year-old Drummer/Percussionist Brian Menendez is fluent in a variety of settings from Jazz and Blues to Classical and Pop. He has shared the stage with artists including Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Kenny Garrett, Bunky Green, Eddie Kirkland, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Mulgrew Miller, and Maria Schneider.
Today, Brian is engaged in performances at clubs and private functions throughout the east coast with “The Nouveaux Honkies” as well as with The Brian Menendez Trio and other freelance work.
Aaron Immanuel Wright “Eleven Daughters” (Origin)
Keith Javors “The Free Project” (ArtistShare)
The Dali Lamas, “Ice Cream Man”, and “Smiling' In a Row”, (Whirled Around Records).
University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble, “And The Melody Still Lingers On” (Sea Breeze Vista) DownBeat Blue Chip Award in 2006
Brian has an Associate in Arts degree from Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, FL and a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Performance with high honors from the prestigious University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he was the first drummer to receive the Peter Nero Jazz Award and is also on the National Deans List. He has been the recipient of numerous other scholarships and awards from former institutions.
As an educator Brian has taught privately since 1998 and worked with all ages and skill levels from youngsters to baby boomers. Brian has been a guest clinician for students from middle school to high school in classroom settings and one on one.
For more information, please visit www.brianmenendez.com for updates and events.