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Brian Hallermann–Namba Gear Featured Artist

Brian Hallermann (producer & trumpet), a.k.a. DJ Howie J

Minneapolis/St Paul, MN


Beginning on piano at age 8 and trumpet at 10, Brian played both into high school where he also added classical organ until graduation.

After a year of being a chemist, the passion for music won out and pulled him towards a degree in music.  Brian studied music education and applied trumpet studies at the University of MN-Duluth, obtained his Associate of Applied Science in audio production at McNally Smith College of Music and finished his B.M. Ed at Augsburg College. Brian has studied trumpet with Dr. George Hitt, Dr. Ramon Vasquez, Dr. Lynn Erickson, and Dave Jensen as well as organ with Dr. Justin Rubin and currently, W. Zachary Taylor.

Brian is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institutes of MN where he teaches advanced studio techniques, digital audio, and live sound and production.

Current performing endeavors include playing trumpet and producing for Ménage Quad, an 8 piece funk/swing hop band, DJ’ing for private events, and working with new and developing artists of many genres. 

What do you like best about your Lil Namba Remix Backpack?

“I bought a Namba bag when I was looking for something more music specific than my Targus backpack.  I liked many of the functions like the cable management and a "closed" design that is lockable.  Also, the Namba backpacks sit completely different on your back than a regular bag.  You wear a Namba, and carry everything else.  I can load my Namba Remix bag down and still be comfortable carrying it everywhere.

I buy equipment to use.  I have brought my Namba to Live Sound, DJ, and performing gigs and always have room for everything.  I’ve been called the technology Mary Poppins…always have what I need with me.”

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