Darryl Brenzel


Darryl Brenzel began his musical training with piano lessons at age eight and began the saxophone a year later. While in high school he was able to study with jazz saxophone legend Sonny Rollins. After graduating from high school Brenzel entered the Marine Corps and attended the Armed Forces School of Music in 1980 and was later assigned to the band at Quantico, Virginia. He remained there through 1983, becoming involved in the local music scene as well as performing his military duties. Upon leaving the Marines Brenzel moved to Boston and attended Berklee College of Music. While there he studied privately with Joe Viola and George Garzone. In 1986 Brenzel again entered the service, this time joining the Army. In 1988 he was assigned to the Army Jazz Ambassadors where he currently serves as a saxophone soloist and as a staff composer/arranger. A number of his compositions and arrangements for big band are published by UNC JazzPress. In 1999 Brenzel released his debut CD Pentasphere on the Jen-Jazz label. Some of his more notable performances include appearances at the Montreaux, Newport, Nice, North Sea and Toronto jazz festivals as well as performances with The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Dan Ackroyd.
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