When Sean Hennessy was sitting in his third-grade music class, he zeroed in on the shiny brass instrument being passed around the room. The moment that trumpet was in his hands, his destiny was realized. Inspired by the soulful melodies of jazz and the bright tone of the instrument, Sean took everything about his passion for music seriously.
Just three years from the day he first pressed that trumpet to his lips, he made his concerto debut with the Colorado Youth Symphony. He went on to perform at Carnegie Hall and the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. The melodies had a lure on his heart and even as a youth, Sean intuitively knew the powerful impact music can have and the emotional connection it inspires.
Mentored by Thomas Wilson of the Colorado Philharmonic and a protégé of jazz luminary Wynton Marsalis himself, Sean Hennessy had the tools and talent to become a gifted trumpeter and composer, so he did just that. Pursuing his passion through higher education at Northwestern University School of Music and later USC's graduate program for Film Scoring, Sean eventually found his way to a Hollywood studio, where he expressed his talent through the unique musical facet of film scoring and composition.
Back to Colorado
But as a Colorado native, those majestic Rockies eventually pulled him back to his hometown of Colorado Springs. While Sean continued to compose orchestrations for film, he felt deeply that the greatest impact you can have with music was through live performance.
Sean scouted out a wildly gifted group of musicians and the Hennessy 6 Jazz Sextet was formed. A unique combination of bandstand and orchestra, the Hennessy 6 members compose all original arrangements and are a brilliant showcase of musical virtuosity.
“It’s our greatest wish to share our heart through music; that’s how we choose to make an impact,” Sean explains.
Right here in Colorado Springs, you can experience a jazz phenomenon that will change the way you hear and feel music, so if you get the chance to see them play, be sure to bring your heart.
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