Brendan Hartz started to play his father's trombone when he was a 9-year-old student in the Pennsbury School District. After receiving a number of honors and awards consistent with aspiring high school instrumentalists, he attended The Juilliard School, receiving Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees. He subsequently earned a Master of Education Degree from The College of New Jersey. From 1985 to 2010, he taught Instrumental Music and General/vocal Music in the Bordentown, NJ Regional School District. By the time he retired from Bordentown, he had taught Instrumental and/or General/Vocal Music, at various times, in virtually every grade level in the district. Mr. Hartz joined the staff at Arcadia as Adjunct Professor of Trombone/Tuba in September, 2012, and was appointed to a similar position at Bucks county Community College at the beginning of the Spring, 2013 semester. He also teaches at The Lawrenceville School at The George School. He is a staff member of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County's "Students in Concert" program for middle school students.
Mr. Hartz spent three summers as an orchestral musician with the Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy. He has also performed as a substitute/estra musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He was Principal Trombonist of the Shreveport, La. Symphony during the 1981-82 season. For many years, he was Principal Trombonist of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, through the end of its existence. He continues as Principal Trombonist of the Orchestra society of Philadelphia and the Bryn Athyn Orchestra. For many seasons, he was a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra. Receeently, he became a charter member of the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, based in Trenton. He also performs occasionally with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra.
In mre "popular" idioms, Mr. Hartz has performed with the Art Martin Orchestra, the Vincent Lopez, Jr. Orchestra, Dr. William Frabizio's Orchestra, and the "Brass Tacks" Big Band. He appears regularly with a number of brass quintets in the region, as well as such diverse groups as the Garden State Tuba Ensemble and the Philadelphia German Brass Band.
Mr. Hartz has played supporting instrumental roles behind pop stars and celebrities such as Ferrante & Teicher, Marni Nixon, Melissa Manchester, Bob Hope, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Chris Brubeck, Kansas, and John Lithgow.
Hometown Levittown, PA
Home Country United States
The Juilliard School
B. Music, M. Music, Major in Applied Music
The College of New jersey, formerly Trenton State College