Councilman Thomas Brennan






Age: 63; married to former Belmar Borough Council President Merry Brennan; three children: Ciaran, 27, Aislinn, 26 and Sean, 23; has lived in Belmar since 1992  

BAND DIRECTOR/ MUSIC INSTRUCTOR, RETIRED                                                                         

Belmar Public School, New Jersey:  2001 - 2019"

Highlands & Atlantic Highlands Public Schools, New Jersey: 1989 - 2001

Long Branch Elementary Schools, New Jersey: 1983 - 1986

  • Increased band enrollment by 300% in these Monmouth County, NJ public schools.  
  • Presented Instrumental Music Workshop, Bayshore Comsortium Artistic Convocation, 1996 to 2002, 1993 and 1992.  
  • Helps plan and conduct the annual Sending District Middle School Band.
  • Named Teacher of the Year 1996-97, Highlands Elementary School.
  • Invited to present & perform at the International Society of Music Educators (ISME) Biannual   Convention in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the Music Educator's National Conference (MENC) Annual Convention in Cincinnati, OH.

PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINER - 1977 - present                                                                      

  • As a singer/guitarist, perform many styles (classical, blues, Irish, pop, rock) in a variety of venues (clubs, colleges, educational programs, concerts, festivals) as a soloist or in ensembles. Currently performs with Shore Blue Band.


·     Treasurer – 2005-2008

·      Trustee – 2008-2011

 COACH/LEAGUE TREASURER: 1998 - 2008                                                                                   

  • Coached Little Stars and girls softball.
  • Belmar-Avon-Lake Como Little League Treasurer 2004-2008.
  • Coached clinic level soccer for Belmar Recreation 2000-2002.

ARTS CAMP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: 1981 - 1995                                                          

Brookdale Community College Arts Camp, Lincroft, New Jersey

  • Provided administrative and operational support for this highly respected visual, performing and creative arts program for youth, grades 3-9.
  • Supervised teaching assistants; recruited and trained high school and college interns.
  • Presented ethnic and electronic music programs; provided guitar instruction.



•  MASTER OF MUSIC, Emphasis in Music Education/World Musics

                Kent State University, May 1989, GPA - 3.96,  Area of Emphasis - 4.00

            •  BACHELOR OF ARTS, Major in Music Education

                Jersey City State College, 1983, Dean's List - six semesters

            •  ASSOCIATE OF ARTS, Major in Music

                Brookdale Community College, 1979