Brian Van Stavern
Hamline University, 1976-78
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1980-82
Brian Van Stavern studied trombone, baritone/euphonium and bass trombone at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota. While studying, he performed in jazz big band, orchestra and brass ensemble. Brian studied with Minnesota Orchestra members Max Bonecutter, Ron Rickets and David Herring. Some notable groups that he has performed with have been the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Sumunar Indonesian Music Ensemble, The Wallets, Sabroson, The Skatet, the Cedar Avenue Big Band, Just Friends and Generation 2 big bands, among others. He also has performed as a member of pit orchestras for such touring musicians as Harry Connick, Jr., David Byrne and Tony Orlando in venues such as Orchestra Hall, the Ordway, Ted Mann, First Avenue, The Fine Line, and the Dakota Jazz Club. He currently performs in Yo Jimbo, a jazz septet that plays modern and traditional jazz, and Avant Garlic, a jazz quartet that plays contemporary jazz, ska, and eclectic music.
He has taught in schools and music studios for more than thirty-five years. He teaches French horn, trumpet, baritone, euphonium, trombone, bass trombone and tuba, as well as the occasional bugle. Brian enjoys teaching a variety of styles in his lessons, incorporating jazz and popular music in lessons where appropriate and according to the interest of students. In addition to teaching at K & S Conservatory of Music, he currently teaches at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN, Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN, Bud's Music Center in Hopkins, MN and David Thomas School of Music.