Glenn Holdaway is proud to be a Van Laar trumpet artist who has recorded on hundreds of songs, including on a Grammy-nominated album. He is most known for leading horn sections with his unique horn arrangements and writing abilities.
Glenn began playing music at 8 years old and 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 Southern California venues as a teenager. In 2013, he went on a national tour with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps 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 divides his time between being a sideman and a solo artist. In 2020, he released his first single, "Reggaematical," which debuted in the Top 10 iTunes Reggae Charts. "Reggaematical" has since been featured on hundreds of Spotify playlists, resulting in over 50,000 streams, and has also been played on local and international terrestrial radio stations, such as 104.7 KX FM in Laguna Beach, CA and EJazz Radio, the #1 rated online radio station in Uganda. Glenn is planning to release new music in 2023.
As a sideman, Glenn has had the pleasure of working with:
Don Carlos, Soul Syndicate, Stick Figure, Wailing Souls, Sister Nancy, Save Ferris, Fortunate Youth, Big Youth, U-Roy, Mad Professor, Scientist, Marlon Asher, Randy Valentine, Andy Grammer, 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, Trevor Hall, 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, and countless others
Van Laar Trumpet: OIRAM II
Bob Reeves Mouthpieces: 42SV692S & 42ES692S
Neumann TLM 103
Apollo Twin X
Logic Pro X
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 & SM7B
Apple: iPad & MacBook Pro 2019
Photos by: @hectorg5000