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Brian Schwab

Brian Schwab was performing professionally well before he attended the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. But it was at this distinguished school that he became keenly interested in the recording arts. A quick study on everything from four tracks to DAT, ADATs and Tascam machines, Brian opened his first music studio in 1996. At the same time, he was making a name as a strong trumpet player in Cincinnati—he played with The Drifters, Herman’s Hermits, Patti Page, Frankie Valli, The Temptations, and more.

After launching and then selling a mobile recording business, Brian moved to Chicago in search of new opportunities in 1999. In the summer of 2000 he toured with Don Henley of the Eagles and in the fall played in Chicago Broadway shows “Cinderella” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” With an ongoing parade of new and exciting projects and the move to a digital ProTools environment, Brian more than kept up with recording industry standards. With this studio and his more recent leadership at GLM, Brian has continued to enrich and hone his many musical skills. A tracking and mixing engineer, a specialist in music preparation for a wide range of digital media, and an expert in Finale and Sibelius music notation software, Brian is an in-demand copyist, arranger, and performer in Chicago and beyond.

WBEZ's 'Undercover Cover' Series

Brian, working alongside Music Director Colby Beserra, is the engineer for WBEZ's "Under Cover" series, which is featured on the award-winning magazine news show Eight Forty-Eight. (more)


Featured Work 2

Working with vintage microphones and modern technology, Brian Schwab aided in engineering Scott Burns' Passages record at the Performance Studio at WBEZ radio station and mixed the project at his mixing and mastering studio in West Rogers Park. One of the many glowing reviews of this project taut “… Passages is one of the most impressive contemporary jazz albums of the year.” - Judy Roberts, Chicago Jazz Magazine. (more)