Dr. Brian Cashwell (D.M.A. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, M.M. University of Georgia, B.M. Florida State University,) is happy to join the staff at McCutcheon music. Equally at home in jazz and classical idioms, Mr. Cashwell maintains an active schedule performing in a variety of musical roles.
Mr. Cashwell has taught jazz history, jazz improvisation, class piano, jazz piano and world music courses at Wright State University, where he also serves as an accompanist. He also teaches Jazz Keyboard harmony and private jazz piano lessons at Central State University.
His performing experience includes tours with The Boys Choir of Harlem in the U.S. and abroad, and choral collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and other notable ensembles as pianist for the Central State University Choir. He served as the pianist for the premiere of Rosyphenne Powell’s To Sit and Dream, and Stephen Aldredge’s The Lord is My Shepherd. As a jazz musician he has performed with the Blue Wisp Big Band, Masterworks Jazz Ensemble, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and was part of a featured ensemble including Rusty Burge at Wright State’s 2013 Day of Percussion. He has studied jazz with Fred Hersch, Gary Dial, Phil DeGreg, and Mike LeDonne. His trio is in demand locally and has been featured in many performance venues, including the first and second annual Fairborn Jazz Festivals. He has played in the pit orchestra for touring productions of The Producers, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Pacific Overtures, The Irish Tenors, and many other touring productions at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center and Playhouse in the Park. He has been consistently busy as a church musician, currently serving as organist at Normandy United Methodist Church. Recently he appeared in the directorial debut of Don Cheadle in the upcoming theatrical release Miles Ahead.
Before moving to the area, Mr. Cashwell lived in New York City. While in New York, he performed in various musical roles at a diverse selection of venues including The Blue Note, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space, The Lion’s Den, The Cutting Room, Kavehaz, the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He also served as a ballet pianist for The School of American Ballet, Barnard College, Steps on Broadway, Ballet Academy East, and The Alvin Ailey School.