The music program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota gained two new faculty members this fall.
Don Bryn has joined the college to teach music theory and piano. Pete Carney is SCF’s new jazz band director.
Bryn is a pianist, composer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director. He plays classical piano concerts, as well as performing with local pop and jazz bands. Bryn received his Piano Performance and Music Technology degree from Duquesne University, where he also received his master’s degree in Composition. Most recently he arranged pieces for the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota.
Carney, an award-winning classical and jazz saxophonist, recently received his doctorate degree in Jazz Saxophone from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. He is the author of “Interactive Listening: A New Approach to Music,” the first musicology technique to be featured at the top of the iTunes homepage and apple.com.
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His textbook is taught in hundreds of schools, including the University of North Carolina and Florida International University. He has toured Europe and the United States with his jazz band Orange Alert. He has worked with Grammy Award winners Kirk Franklin, Tito Puente, the Winans and the Plain White T’s.
Carney will perform a saxophone concerto during the debut of SCF’s Bradenton Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center.