Brendan Ige, a native of Pearl City, Hawaii, was recently appointed instructor of tuba and euphonium at Eastern Michigan University and will begin teaching at the School of Music & Dance in fall 2019. Professor Ige, who is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, has earned master’s degrees in tuba performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan in 2016, and completed his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University. Brendan performs regularly on tuba and euphonium, composes, and teaches low brass in the Michigan and Ohio area. His primary teachers include Fritz Kaenzig and David Saltzman. Brendan has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Symphony Concert Band, Adrian Symphony, Akron Symphony, Perrysburg Symphony, The Royal Hawaiian Band, and the Cedar Point Beach Band.
He has also performed guest recitals or taught master classes at Baldwin Wallace University, Kent State University, The University of Akron, Madonna University, Bowling Green State University, and Oakland University. In 2017, he was invited to perform at the North American Saxophone Alliance giving a recital of tuba chamber music with saxophone. In 2018 he was a featured Euphonium artist for the Dublin Silver Band. Brendan is an avid proponent of contemporary music. He has premiered, composed and commissioned numerous works. His chamber groups Conviviality and Low and Lower frequently perform his own compositions as well as seek out other composers to write for the group. Brendan’s chamber group in his undergraduate studies, The Fig Newtons, won the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition in 2013. Professor Ige has taught all levels of education. He has served on faculty of Madonna University and Oakland University. He teaches in the Van Buren public school district as a sectional coach and private lessons instructor, and conducted the University of Michigan’s Youth Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble for five years.