Brian Swartz


Born December 16, 1967, Brian is a second generation trumpeter. His father, CMSgt Lawrence Swartz (d), was a 30 year trumpeter in the United States Air Force. Brian's early exposure to music made a profound influence on him and he started playing trumpet at the age of ten. As a teenager, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended Armijo High School. He played all through his high school years and won many honors and accolades including Command Performances at the CMEA solo/ensemble festival and the Louis Armstrong and John Phillip Souza Awards. He graduated from Armijo in 1986 and began his music education at Solano Community College. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles to attend California State University at Northridge where he played in the "A" jazz band, then led by Joel Leach. He also attended the University of Southern California.
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