Trombonist Dr. Todd Schendel’s performance experience includes positions with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra U.S.A., Contrapunctus Brass Trio, and playing extra and substitute for the National Repertory Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Quad Cities Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Adept in commercial settings, he has performed with Doc Severinsen, Art Garfunkel, John McDermott, Bobby Vinton, Riders in the Sky, Wayne Newton, and Solomon Douglas Swingtet.

As soloist, Dr. Schendel has performed throughout the country Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Michigan, California, and in the German cities of Munich, Augsburg, Dachau, and Berlin. He has appeared at Indiana University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Iowa, Drake University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and European events at the Dachau Musiksommer Barockpicknick (Dachau, Germany) and HfM Augsburg, Leopold Mozart Zentrum (Augsburg, Germany) with the Contrapunctus Brass Trio. His first solo and chamber music recording, Full Power, released in 2010, features “Abe Lincoln’s Song Book", written by Douglas Hill for the Contrapunctus Brass Trio and narration.

Recent performances include soloing at the 2012 Iowa Band Masters Association and performances at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. His performances with the Contrapunctus Brass Trio include the Iowa Band Masters Association, International Women's Brass Conference, International Horn Conference and International Trumpet Guild Conference. The trio performances featured works commissioned by the Contrapunctus Brass Trio, composed in collaboration with Joseph Blaha and Douglas Hill. In addition, Dr. Schendel will premier Wayne Lu’s Partita at the International Trumpet Guild conference in June 2013.

Devoted to chamber music, Dr. Schendel has also performed with Bay View Brass, Harvey Phillips Tuba Company, and Wisconsin Brass Quintet; recent performances include the Rod Pierson Big Band, Orchestra Iowa Brass Quintet, and Contrapunctus Brass Trio. He has also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio with the Contrapunctus Brass Trio, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, and the RounTree Ensemble, and has seen on National Public Television.

Entrepreneurial pursuits include co-authoring the Western Wisconsin Cultural Initiative, a three year supplemental music education program funded by the Ira and Ineva Baldwin Endowment, J. William Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, and a Paul J. Collins Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Todd Schendel’s teachers include Rodney Hudson, Daniel Cloutier, Carl Lenthe, M. Dee Stewart, Daniel Perantoni, Mark Hetzler, Douglas Wright, and Kari Sundström. He received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Indiana University-Bloomington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at Texas Woman’s University, Illinois State University, University of Iowa, Bay View Music Festival, and Coe College. He is freelance musician and Co-Director of The Cedar Brass, a youth brass institute in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.