2020 Tenor Bass Jazz Choir
Brennan Baglio, vocalist, educator, and recording engineer, is currently a member of the jazz studies faculty at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he directs two advanced vocal jazz ensembles and teaches applied jazz voice. From 2015 to 2019, Brennan served as Music Department Coordinator and Director of Vocal Activities at Northwest College in Powell, WY. A native of the Seattle area, he previously taught at Bellevue College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting, both from Central Washington University.
Under Brennan’s leadership, the vocal music department at Northwest College quickly grew and began to receive national attention. Performing groups under his direction have been asked to perform at regional and national conferences, including the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, TX. Brennan was also recently the recipient of the 2017 “Wyoming Jazz Educator of the Year” award.
Brennan is the baritone and tour manager in the professional vocal jazz septet Groove For Thought. With Groove For Thought, he has had the opportunity to perform on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” open for Jay Leno, and perform throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Groove For Thought performed at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Dallas, TX, the 2016 JEN Conference in Louisville, KY, and has performed at American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the Polyfolia World Choral Symposium, the Europa Cantat Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival, the Gold Company Invitational, and many other Jazz and Choral Festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Groove For Thought is a previous winner of the Harmony Sweepstakes Competition and has won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Society awards in recent years.
As a clinician and adjudicator, Brennan has been asked to present at the Jazz Education Network Conference and the Wyoming, Washington, and Utah Music Educators Association Conferences. He has also been asked to direct numerous Honor Choirs and All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles, and has adjudicated over 25 festivals throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition to teaching and performing, Brennan maintains a busy schedule as a studio singer, producer and mix engineer, and arranger. He enjoys arranging for his own ensembles, has published several of his arrangements, and has sung on radio jingles, commercials, and other vocal projects. Brennan also assists in producing and mixing all Groove For Thought videos and recordings.