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By | September 22, 2022

-Photograph submitted by Jason Braunschweig

Brady O’Brien of Fort Dodge, a latest graduate of St. Edmond Excessive College, performs at Trinity United Methodist Church throughout his Easter live performance.

Editor’s Notice: This story first appeared in The Messenger’s annual Hometown Pleasure publication on June 24, 2022, that includes individuals and organizations in and round Fort Dodge who’re making a distinction of their communities.

Brady O’Brien has a present.

The latest St. Edmond graduate felt it at a really younger age. He would sit subsequent to his mom, Katrina, and take in all of it as a budding piano virtuoso.

As 18-year-old O’Brien honed his abilities and reached a extra unbiased age, he had a option to make: flip his particular person abilities right into a automobile for future monetary achieve, or move on that keenness to as many individuals and communities as potential by means of the straightforward enjoyment of music.

“I’ve a whole lot of completely different sticks within the fireplace proper now relating to what I wish to do for the remainder of my life,” mentioned O’Brien. “Lots of people will say they’re simply doing music, and whereas I would love to do this, it may be laborious to dwell on music alone.

-Photograph submitted by Jason Braunschweig

Brady O’Brien of Fort Dodge, a 2022 St. Edmond graduate, performs the piano throughout a live performance.

“My long-term music targets are to proceed my non-profit enterprise and use my music to assist elevate funds for these doing good in our world, in addition to these in want. I additionally plan to proceed writing music and placing on reveals.

Final December, O’Brien hosted “A Very Merry Christmas” to a packed home at Decker Auditorium. In April, he held the Easter program, “A Cross and a Crown” at Trinity United Methodist Church—once more, to a standing crowd.

On July 15, O’Brien’s subsequent venture – a personal patriotic rock present known as “One Nation Below God” — raised cash for the army at Veterans Memorial Park.

“Dwelling in Fort Dodge has allowed me to satisfy wonderful individuals – not simply within the music enterprise, however simply in on a regular basis life,” mentioned O’Brien. “Throughout my reveals, once I see acquainted faces, it amazes me how our group helps dwell music, tremendous arts and organizations that do nice issues. I really feel so liked after each present as a result of the whole lot the group world greets me afterwards with massive smiles and robust hugs.

“That is why I really like doing what I do; there’s nothing like seeing a smile on somebody’s face by means of the ability of music.

O’Brien’s spirit involves life in entrance of 88 keys, pedals and the acquainted setting of a piano.

“I began enjoying once I was 5 (years previous)”, mentioned O’Brien. “I began classes with Barbara Kondrath, and after her dying I continued with Andrea Minikis.

“Rising up, I at all times noticed my mom play the piano for a lot of various things: church, faculty choirs, and a lot extra. I began taking the piano critically as a result of I wished to to be like her and be capable to sit down and play any tune I wished.

The response to those performances introduced him again.

“Seeing individuals’s faces and listening to their feedback…I imagine music could be very highly effective, and I wish to share that love of music with as many individuals as potential,” mentioned O’Brien. “Each time I play for church, for a choir or in considered one of my reveals, it provides me a lot adrenaline. It is one thing that I really like. I at all times wish to attempt to make the perfect model of myself, which additionally motivates me to remain on this path of music.

“I’ve a whole lot of inspirations that I contemplate my mentors. I actually admire Lorie Line as a result of she creates distinctive reveals that permit her to share her music with individuals whereas conserving her love of God robust and current. I had the prospect to satisfy and take recommendation from Lorie. His phrases and his music proceed to accompany me and affect the best way I share my music. Domestically, I look as much as my mom as a result of she continues to share her abilities with so many individuals.

O’Brien didn’t restrict his abilities to being proficient behind a piano. He additionally performs trombone, bass, keytar and is “attempt to work” on the guitar.

His performances are typically each memorable and provoking, however O’Brien is not nearly being a solo act.

“I’ve at all times loved collaborating with different musicians from the area”, mentioned O’Brien. “The explanation I selected to have a band behind me and singers in entrance is to maintain individuals drawn in. In my reveals I prefer to play solo bits, however I believe individuals prefer to see quite a lot of completely different musicians.

“I additionally like to decide on completely different musicians for every present as a result of it retains issues new and contemporary. There’s a lot expertise at Fort Dodge that must be shared with everybody.

A break would possibly come someday for O’Brien, however he targeted on selfless endeavors moderately than discovering methods to be found.

“5 years from now, I want to see myself nonetheless dwelling right here in Fort Dodge, however branching out to different cities and states to share my love of music,” mentioned O’Brien. “I want to proceed my non-profit affiliation and assist as many individuals as potential, not solely right here in Fort Dodge, however within the surrounding states.

“The mission assertion of ‘Brady O’Brien Dwell’ (at www.bradyobrienlive.com) is: ‘To boost funds for different non-profit organizations and households in our communities by means of our love of music dwell”. I imagine serving to individuals is what we have been placed on this earth to do.

O’Brien continues to dream massive, however his targets stay easy and native.

“On the finish of my time, if I can go away a mark of affect on one particular person, I will probably be completely satisfied”, mentioned O’Brien. “I wish to attempt to be a task mannequin for younger individuals who share the identical love of music and the tremendous arts.

“I regularly study so many traditions that I hope to someday move on to the following technology.”


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