Glenn Holdaway is a Van Laar trumpet artist and Grammy-nominated musician living in Southern California. Beginning at 8 years old, Glenn has been playing music for most of his life. He has been gigging since the age of 13, performing at the Hollywood Bowl, the Queen Mary, on air at 88.9 FM KUCI, and other local venues as a teenager. In 2013, he went on a national tour with the drumcorps Pacific Crest performing in packed stadiums across the country.

In 2018, Glenn received his undergraduate degree from California State University Long Beach where he performed in the Studio Jazz Band.

Glenn has had a successful career as both a sideman and a solo artist. In 2020, he released his first single "Reggaematical" which debuted in the Top 10 iTunes Reggae Charts. His song has been played on radio stations such as EJazz Radio (#1 rated online radio station in Uganda) and 104.7 KX FM. In addition to radio play, his original music has accumulated tens of thousands of streams on Spotify alone. He is planning to release a new EP in 2022.


As a sideman, he has had the pleasure of working with:

Don Carlos, Soul Syndicate, Stick Figure, Wailing Souls, Sister Nancy, Save Ferris, Fortunate Youth, Andy Grammer, U-Roy, Mad Professor, Scientist, Marlon Asher, Randy Valentine, Big Youth, Everton Blender, Johnny Clarke, Iya Terra, New Kingston, Jordan T, Jahgun, Mystic Marley, Josh Heinrichs & SkillinJah, Ambré, SonReal, Ollie Gabriel, Landon McNamara, Earl Zero, Errol Dunkley, Eureka Sound, For Peace Band, Aston Barrett Jr, The Elgins, Kontiki, Kyle Smith, Winston Jarrett, Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr), Curtis Young (son of Dr. Dre), Garth Dennis (Black Uhuru), Kyle McDonald & Miles Doughty (Slightly Stoopid), Kaleo Wassman (Pepper), David Morrison (Abyssinians), Doobie Powell, E.N. Young, Ronnie King and countless others.

Glenn is also an experienced educator. He has held numerous positions such as:

Applied Music Studio: Trumpet & Drumset Instructor. 2021-Present

Lindberg Middle School: Jazz Band Instructor. 2021

Alondra Middle School: Jazz Band Instructor. 2020

Hopkinson Elementary School: Director. 2019-20

Los Alamitos Elementary School: Director. 2019-20

McGaugh Elementary School: Director. 2019

Lee Elementary School: Director. 2018-20

Warren High School: Marching Band Tech (Visual & Music). 2018.

Bellflower Music: Trumpet Instructor. 2017-20.

Irvine Arts & Music Academy: Trumpet & Drumset Instructor. 2018

Jazz Angels: Mentor. 2016-Present

Los Alamitos High School: Jazz Band Coach. 2016-Present.


Van Laar Trumpet: OIRAM II

Bob Reeves Mouthpieces: 42SV692S & 42ES692S

Yamaha Brass: YTR Custom LA

Giddings & Webster Mouthpieces: 3 helios D

MEE In-Ear Monitors: MX3 Custom Fit

Line 6: M9 Stompbox

Shure: GLX16, WB98H/C Wireless Microphone & SM7

Apple: iPad & MacBook Pro 2019

Focusrite: Scarlett 2i2

Akai: LPK25

Logic Pro X

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Photos by: @hectorg5000