Darryl Brenzel is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator living and working in the greater Baltimore/DC area. His current musical pursuits include teaching jazz saxophone at Gettysburg College and Towson University, leading his own jazz trio and quartet, performing as a free-lance woodwind player and arranging music for numerous professional and college bands throughout the country.
Brenzel retired from the US Army Jazz Ambassadors, one of the nation's leading big bands, in 2008. In his 20 years with the band he served as a saxophone soloist, chief composer and arranger and eventually become the band's associate director. With the Jazz Ambassadors he played 150 shows annually across the country and around the world including performances at major jazz festivals (Newport, Montreaux, North Sea, et. al.) and with many major orchestras (Boston Pops, The National Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, et.al.).
As a free-lance musician Brenzel has performed with numerous names in the industry to include The Beach Boys, Chris Isaak, The Four Tops, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Dan Akroyd, The Drifters, Martha Reeves, Ben E. King, Little Anthony and many others.
Darryl Brenzel also recently completed a major milestone in his music career, having arranged and re-orchestrated Stravinsky's "Rite Of Spring" for a 17 piece jazz orchestra. It was premiered by The Mob-Town Jazz Orchestra in Baltimore on May 12, 2010 and received very enthusiastic critical reviews.
Brenzel studied music performance and composition at Berklee College of Music and was a member of the BMI Jazz Composer Workshop from 2003-05. He has received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for both music composition and solo instrumental performance. He is a three time winner in the American Music in the Armed Forces composition competition and is published by University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press.
Berklee College of Music
Armed Forces School of Music