Brian McDonie is an active trombonist, composer, and educator. From 2020 to 2023, he was a member of the 566th Air Force Band of the Midwest performing in concerts, parades, ceremonies, and educational outreach programs across the midwest. Brian also served as a U.S. Marine Musician in Okinawa, Japan and Havelock, North Carolina from 2016 to 2020. While in the Marine Corps, Brian was a trombone section leader, fire-team leader, squad leader, music library non-commissioned officer in charge, staff music arranger, platoon guide, and brass quintet unit leader. He has performed in mainland Japan, Okinawa, Malaysia, Thailand, Guam, and throughout the United States.
Currently, Brian is pursuing a Doctorate of Music degree in music literature and performance at Indiana University with minors in music history and jazz. Brian also is the owner of Opus One, LLC, a music writing and talent hiring company that composes new music for live performance at weddings and other events. He also maintains an active teaching studio. Brian earned his Bachelors of Music in music education from West Chester University in 2014 and his Master of Music degree from Indiana University in 2016.
Brian is happily married to his wife, Sarah, a fellow lover of breakfast foods and outdoor adventures. They live with their Sheltie, Manford, in Bloomington, Indiana.