Former Band Member, Sound Engineer Finds Passion For Teaching


Leyton Schrotberger, Reporter

He was a young, wide-eyed college student when he found out he had a true passion for the music industry. Sam Brindis’ journey from a member of a band to a teacher, advisor, recording engineer, mix engineer and live sound designer here at Lake Havasu High School was a long journey. 

“While I was in college, we had a band, Little Brown’s Electric Band. We wrote

and recorded our own original music, and we played many shows around the

Denver area,” explained Brindis when asked about his first experience with the audio industry. His band opened for prominent musicians of his time such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Azteca and Billy Preston. Upon being able to play at live events with some of the biggest names of his time, he realized just how much he loved to perform.

Regarding all the musicians he has worked with, he responded,“I’ve been blessed to work with so many people over the years.”

Audio and visual technology teacher Sam Brindis using the music software, Pro Tools. He is teaching his intermediate class how to cut and fix recorded speeches. When asked about his favorite thing about coming to school everyday, he said “…getting to give back and share my passion and excitement about audio and video production with my students.”

While in college, he was able to work with names such as Stephen Stills, Robben Ford, Kenny Vaughn, Bill Champlin and Max Weinberg.  Later in his career, his was able to meet, mix and record with Simon Phillips of the band Toto, Jeff Baxter of the band Steely Dan, Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Jeffrey Osborne and many others. Not only was he able to work with some of the biggest bands of the 1980s and 2000s, Brindis has also been around many of the people on the other side of the glass in a recording studio. Including Al Schmitt, Eddie Kramer, Jack Joseph Puig and Andrew Sheps, people who have mastered tracks for bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix and Pink Floyd.

After spending multiple decades working in the music industry, Brindis moved to Lake Havasu City in the mid 1980s to raise his family in a quiet, safe community. 

His favorite part about coming to school everyday is getting the opportunity to share his love for audio and video production with all of his students, and finding out what they are passionate about. He wants his classes “To continue growing and moving in the direction they are now.” That direction being giving every student he has the opportunity to become certified in Adobe and Avid programs and continuing to improve the audio and video suites.