Brendan McLean '16

Brendan McLeanHometown: Derby, Kansas
Major: Music Education

What activities are you involved in?
Concert Band, Jazz Band, KCOE Radio and Basic (Tuesday Night Fellowship).

Why did you decide to attend Coe?
Coe's vibe really clicked with me. It was a place that, when I visited, felt very authentic and provided me with many opportunities to meet new people and make new friends.

What does Coe mean to you?
I am very proud to be at Coe. During my time here so far, I have learned that being a Kohawk means something great. You are someone who not only is intelligent and hard-working but you are also someone who treasures people and social interaction, too. Being a Kohawk truly means being an all-around champion.

What is it like living in Cedar Rapids?
It's almost hard to believe that Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa. While there is so much to do and so many places to see, the city still maintains a small town feel and a very homey atmosphere, especially on the Coe campus.

Who is your favorite professor?
As a music major, I am inclined to mention the music professors as they have already made an impact on me. However, I am in an education class named Human Relations with Dr. Wolfe, and I really like her. She always has something smart and eye-opening to say and can engage a group of 20 people to all say something in a classroom discussion.

What is your Sunday habit?
SLEEP! Sunday for me is relaxation day and sleep catch-up day. In the evenings, I study and do a healthy amount of homework.

Brendan McLeanWhat is your favorite class and why?
I am a big jazz music lover and a history buff. So naturally, taking a class called Intro to Jazz History was very alluring to me. Dr. Carson has yet to let me down with all the fascinating things we’re learning!

What so far has been your favorite memory at Coe?
I was hypnotized as part of Orientation Week. I don't remember anything but I was told I was pretty crazy. That night, I got the best sleep I've ever had.

What is your favorite Coe tradition?
I am really looking forward to Flunk Day. All the people that have experienced the tradition have not had anything bad to say.

What does Kohawk Nation mean to you?
Kohawk Nation means being proud to be at Coe, which is a place that turns young people, like you and me, into world changers and innovators.

Tell us about one of the organizations you are involved in.
As I have previously mentioned, I am a big jazz lover. That being said, I am excited to be the piano player in the Coe Jazz Band. Jazz for me is a part of America's history as well as one of my biggest passions. Playing jazz on the piano to a crowd of people is something that I love to do more than anything else.

What do you do for a campus job or work study?
I consider my job on campus to be my position as an on-air DJ for KCOE. Listen to me Tuesdays and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. at!

Why did you choose your major?
I live, eat and breathe music. I also love working with people and helping them. Music education was something that fit both of those passions. So I went for it!

What should every student do before they graduate?
I would have to say everyone should either eat a Maid-Rite burger in Marion or see a Blindspot show at Dows.

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