Trombonist Brendan Lai-Tong is a lifelong appreciator of all things that create sound. As a versatile performer, he collaborates with a myriad of ensembles spanning multiple genres of music including classical, contemporary avant-garde, rock, jazz and reggae. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to perform with world-class ensembles including the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, sfSound, ECO Ensemble and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Additionally, Brendan enjoys imparting music to future generations through the Oakland Symphony’s MUSE Program: a multi-component music education and enrichment initiative that serves young people at public schools and community sites throughout Oakland. Brendan studied trombone with Mark Lawrence, former principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony; and Tim Conner and Hugh Harbison, the principal and bass trombonists of the Florida Philharmonic. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Miami, and joined the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2020 as one of our newest members.