Glenn Appell
First name: Glenn
Last name: Appell
Title: Instructor
Department: Music
Description: Faculty
Office: M-118
Campus: Pleasant Hill
Extension: 2510
Glenn Appell

Title: Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies

Office hours:
Monday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Thursday 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
and by arrangement

BS, City University of New York
MA, San Francisco State University

22 Years in Higher Education
32 Years as a professional musician

Professional Organizations:

  • Music Association of CA Community Colleges
  • College Music Society
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Community Services:

Vice President of the United faculty
DVC Sustainability Committee

Courses and Services:

  • History of Rock and R&B
  • History of Jazz
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Jazz Combos
  • Jazz Workshop
  • Jazz Ensemble

General Information:
Glenn is a professional musician and educator who has been teaching at the college level for twenty years. Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, He currently coordinates popular music studies at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA , where he teaches Jazz History, Rock and R&B History, American Popular Music History, Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos including Latin Jazz . He is the former director of the jazz program at Contra Costa College in addition to teaching at Solano College and Ohlone College. He received his B.S. in Music Performance and Education from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1980 and received his interdisciplinary MA in Multicultural Music Education from San Francisco State University in 1998. Glenn has published on jazz education and music advocacy in urban schools.

In addition Glenn is the co-author of the recently published textbook American Popular Music: A Multicultural History. Co-authored by David Hemphill, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education at San Francisco State University, the text was published by Thomson Schirmer (2006) and includes a 2 CD set of listening examples. The interdisciplinary text provides a sweeping survey that tells the story of American popular music from African American, European American, Latino, Asian and Native American perspectives. Of particular interest is an extensive chapter on the history of Mexican American/Chicano music, an area that rarely receives the academic attention it deserves. The text has received rave reviews from a number of popular music scholars and historians including George Lipsitz, Daniel Sheehy, and Chris Strachwitz.
For more information on the textbook visit

Glenn has also maintained an active freelance career for over twenty five years performing on trumpet, flugelhorn, harmonica, and Native American flute. He has toured and recorded with a variety of artists and performing groups including The San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, O.J. Ekemode, Charles Brown, David Bromberg, Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalape├▒o Band, and songwriter Alex Call. In addition Glenn has also done extensive recording for documentary and feature films. He currently leads the Tutti Forza! Trumpet Quartet and the Just Say Jazz Sextet, whose primary focus is jazz education. This professional group has performed in over 150 schools, museums and community centers in Northern California over the last 14 years. Glenn also currently performs with the acclaimed ten piece brass ensemble Brazzissimo.

Glenn is available for a variety of workshops and lectures including

  • American Popular Music: a Multicultural Perspective
  • A Multicultural Perspective on Jazz History
  • Just Say Jazz: Developing Jazz Education programs for Children

Additional Information:

Syllabus: History of Rock and R&B (MUSLT117)

Music department website:


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