Chad O’Brien graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Trombone) and Music Education. He currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky and attends the University of Louisville where he is pursuing Master of Music degrees in Jazz and Classical Performance and serves as a Teaching Assistant for the jazz and brass departments. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at school, Chad is an active freelancer and maintains a studio of private brass students.

As an educator, Chad studied with Christopher Azzara, Richard Grunow, and Kathy Liperote. He teaches private students on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and in the fields of jazz and music education. Additionally, he is an avid participant in the music education community; he has presented clinics at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Professional Development Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Conference (IMEC), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) In-Service Conference and has written articles for NAfME’s online publication. Chad formerly held positions as the Band Instructor at Rockland Country Day School in Congers, New York and Adjunct Brass Faculty at the Francis W Parker School in Chicago, IL. While living in Chicago, he also taught at the Beverly Arts Center and the Birch Creek Academy (Jazz Session).

In his 17 years of applied study on trombone, Chad has studied privately with Brett Shuster, Ansyn Banks, Mark Kellogg, Hal Crook, Andy Rosza, and others. Among many others, Chad has played with ensembles ranging from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Dave Rivello Ensemble to the internationally renowned rock band Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Chad plays jazz on a late 1970s King 3B Silversonic with a Giddings and Webster Elliot Mason mouthpiece and classical on a vintage (N-series) Elkhart Conn 88H with a Doug Elliott LT101 E8 mouthpiece.