Building Younger Audiences
Peter Brennan - arranger, guitarist,
Jeans ’n Classics founder
Born in England, Peter moved to Canada as a child. Growing up, Peter was initially heavily influenced by the Beatles, and the love affair with all things musical continued and grew to include everything from Jimi Hendrix to Gilbert and Sullivan.
Peter studied music formally for a time, but ultimately the lure of a traveling rock band won out. During the '70s and '80s he toured extensively throughout North America, establishing himself as a guitarist and Music Director with a variety of groups. He also became an in-demand producer/arranger with top-ten successes in the UK, producer awards and grants in Canada, and was selected as a Juno Awards judge.
Peter has always loved the sound of a rock band with an orchestra. In the early '90s this dream became a reality for him with the establishment of Jeans ’n Classics. What began as seven scared people assembled for a one-off concert experiment with an equally nervous orchestra has grown into an ensemble of thirty people presenting forty-five different pop/rock productions, with over one hundred orchestras worldwide, to some two hundred thousand people annually.
The JNC family features some of the finest vocalists and instrumentalists in Canada and the US. JNC has also created and developed orchestra shows for a number of headliners of worldwide note, including Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp) and Martin Fry of ABC.
While there have been and continue to be magnificent concert and orchestral experiences with Jeans ’n Classics, certainly the April 2009 concert with ABC at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England stands out.
On the home front, Peter recently received the Mayor's Award for the Arts in London Ontario where he resides, and was named to the University Of Western Ontario, Faculty Of Music “Wall Of Fame” in September 2010.