A native of Buffalo, New York, trombonist and educator Brendan Lanighan has begun to be recognized on the international stage. In the summer of 2015, he was a finalist for the 2015 International Trombone Festival’s Carl Fontana Competition. Earlier that same year, he received a Downbeat Magazine award for his arrangement of J.J. Johnson’s composition “Lament”.
In the fall of 2015, Lanighan earned degrees in Jazz Trombone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. During his time at Eastman, he was an active member of both the Buffalo and Rochester music scenes, developing his skills as a highly versatile musician. This versatility led to performances with both local and national acts such as The Johnny Mathis Orchestra, The Dave Rivello Ensemble, Taylor Hix, 5head, and others.
After graduating from school, Lanighan continued to work as an educator and freelancer in the Buffalo and Rochester areas, maintaining a busy schedule. He was a faculty member at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, where he coached jazz combo lessons for all ages. In January of 2017, Lanighan started touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, traveling extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan.
During that time, Lanighan also became the winner of the 2017 International Trombone Festival’s J.J. Johnson Jazz Solo Competition. Also a dedicated educator, Lanighan has taught annually at summer institutions such as the Birch Creek Performance Center, the Rockport Summer Jazz Camp, the Buffalo State Summer Music Institute, and the Hochstein Explorations in Jazz Camp. Brendan has also recently become involved in the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute as an associate faculty member.