Brendan McGovern has been playing music for over 15 years. He started on classical piano at age 7 and switched to focusing on jazz in high school. He was an award winning soloist at the Olympic College Jazz festival in 2011, and was also featured in the Senior Concerto showcase at Roosevelt High School. He has played saxophone (tenor, alto, and soprano) since middle school. He played in the nationally acclaimed Roosevelt high school jazz band, performing in festivals including Essentially Ellington in New York City, and on a European tour with the band in 2012. Brendan attended UW, where he was active as a double major in history and music, studying saxophone, clarinet, and flute. In 2017, he earned his BM in Jazz Performance. After graduating, Brendan traveled extensively through South America and Southeast Asia as a recipient of the UW Bonderman Fellowship.
Since 2014, Brendan has taught private lessons on saxophone and piano, and has taught clarinet and flute since 2016. He performs in pop and jazz groups around town, such as My Cartoon Heart and Smacktalk. Since returning from traveling, he will be focusing on teaching and encouraging his students to gain confidence and ability with musical skills that will apply to any genre or area they pursue.