Dennis Feinland is a Southern California native with a belief that forming a relationship with music is essential to live a happy and productive life. He firmly believes that the role of a music educator is to not only teach musical performance and music theory, but to mentor and inspire leaders in a culture that values the benefits that music has to offer.
Dennis studies in the University Honors Program at California State University, Long Beach where he double majors in Instrumental Music Education and Saxophone Performance. In his extracurricular endeavors, Dennis serves as the President for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (the nation’s largest musical fraternity) and the Instrumental Representative for the National Association for Music Educators at CSULB–assessing and developing the educational, professional, and social needs of his peers. Beyond the conventional academic life, Dennis furthers his education by studying literature written by leaders in the fields of music, education, and personal development.
Professionally, Dennis’ mission is to utilize his diverse musical education to inform his teaching. His life-long love of music began as a young child with piano and saxophone lessons. As time progressed, Dennis has held principal positions with the various Honor Bands, the San Diego Youth Symphony, and even with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. Recently, he has held teaching positions with the Helix Charter High School and Gahr High School marching bands–recognized for their regional and statewide awards, respectively. Currently, Dennis provides private music instruction and also works for the City of Long Beach, CA as a music counselor at an elementary summer camp.