Brian Lydeen, DMA

Dr. Brian Lydeen is Associate Professor of Woodwinds and Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the University of Mary. He is a North Dakota native and has taught instrumental music at all levels ranging from elementary through university in North Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Mary, Lydeen was Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, from 2002-2017. He is also a member of the National Guard 188th Army Band in Fargo, North Dakota, and was previously with the 132nd National Guard Army Band in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2014, Lydeen won the Army Music Non-Commissioned Officer Soldier of the Year.

Dr. Lydeen is an in-demand concert and jazz saxophone soloist, guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator. His performance credits include Allen Vizzutti, Aaron Neville, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Newhart, David “Fathead” Newman, Tom “Bones” Malone, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Janet Planet, Tony Scodwell, Kevin Mahogany, Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo, The Yellowjackets, David Liebman, Maria Schneider, Scott Whitfield, Ginger Berglund, Valery Ponomarev, and Eugene Rousseau. He holds degrees in music performance and music education from the University of Mary, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Courses taught by Dr. Lydeen include:

  • Applied Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute
  • Woodwind Chamber Groups
  • Woodwind Methods
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Jazz Methods

 

Selected Performances:

  • Tenor Saxophone and flute for North Dakota Prairie Public Television Program Prairie Musicians (aired May 2020)
  • Soprano Saxophone and Musical Director for 188th Army Band Saxophone Quartet performance at 43rd Annual International Saxophone Symposium (2020)
  • Tenor Saxophonist with Bismarck Mandan Wind Ensemble for North Dakota Jr. High All-State Concert (2018-2020)
  • Saxophonist with touring “Under the Street Lamp” production – Spirit Lake Casino, Devils Lake, ND (2018-2019)
  • Alto & Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet Performances with Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra (2019-2020)
  • Alto Saxophonist and Musical Director for 188th Army Jazz Band performance at 25th Annual Jass Festival, Fargo ND (2018-2019)
  • Soprano Saxophonist and Musical Director for 188th Army Band Saxophone Quartet performance at North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference (2019)
  • Flutist with 188th Army Concert Band & Soprano Saxophone with Saxophone Quartet for Intercollegiate Band Festival concert performance (2019)
  • Soprano & Tenor Saxophone with 188th Army Band Dixieland Band & Concert Band performances at North Dakota Music Educators Conference (2018)
  • Guest Soprano Saxophone Soloist with Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra (2017)
  • Guest Alto Saxophone Soloist with Northeastern Wisconsin Wind Symphony (2017)
  • Clarinetist with 132nd Army Concert Band for Wisconsin Governor’s Inauguration – State Capitol, Madison, WI (2015)
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet with 132nd Army Jazz Band and Guest Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti (2013)
  • Multiple Woodwind performer for numerous national touring company Broadway musicals – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI & Overture Center, Madison, WI (2005-2015)
  • Multiple performances as Principal Bass Clarinetist with Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, Oshkosh, WI (2005-2017)
  • Multiple performances as bass clarinetist with Wisconsin College and University faculty Woodwind Ensemble at Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Conference, Madison, WI (2004-2016)

Selected Presentations:

Lydeen is an in-demand concert and jazz saxophone soloist, guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the region. Here are some recent highlights:

  • New Sounds of J.W. Pepper School Music Clinic – Jazz Ensemble Clinician (2019)
  • University of Mary Jazz Combo Camp – Co-Coordinator and faculty (2019)
  • Presenter at North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference (2019)
  • Mandan High School Jazz Camp, Mandan, ND – Camp faculty (2018-2020)
  • Woodwind Clinician for North Dakota Jr. High All-State Band Mandan High School, Mandan, ND (2018)
  • Woodwind Clinician for Fall Invitation Band Festival – Mandan High School, Mandan, ND (2017)
  • Jazz Festival Clinician and Guest Artist for Slinger High School Jazz Festival XXXII, Slinger, WI (2015)
  • Jazz Festival Clinician and Guest Artist for Fox Valley Association South District Jazz Festival – Fond du Lac High School, Fond Du Lac, WI (2011 & 2013)
  • Camp faculty for Saxophone and Jazz at International Music Camp, International Peace Gardens (2007-2010)
  • Wisconsin School of Music Association Guest Clinician, Conductor, and Adjudicator – multiple experiences throughout Wisconsin (2005-2017)