Brian Cannady is an active performer, arranger, and music teacher based in East Los Angeles. In addition to playing percussion with the Long Beach Symphony, he performs with a wide range of ensembles across Southern California. Between musical theater, jazz ensembles, chamber music, and salsa music, Brian is a mainstay of the Los Angeles music community. In addition to performing, he spends a large portion of his time teaching music. Brian is a specialist for Roosevelt Elementary’s Music Immersion Experience program where he teaches singing, orff percussion, and violin to students as young as 4 years old.
Brian received his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at Boston University under the instruction of Tim Genis and Kyle Brightwell. Upon returning from Boston, Brian has continued to study with his longtime teacher Kenneth McGrath. Brian received his Bachelor of Music from CSU Fullerton under the instruction of Todd Miller.
In his spare time, he records his original compositions for jazz ensemble that he hopes to one day perform live. Brian currently lives with his wonderful girlfriend Chloe Swindler, an international award-winning trumpet soloist and chamber musician.