Allen Dennard is a trumpeter, composer and bandleader who was born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 9 Allen decided to join his elementary school's band, John Trix Elementary. From then on he never put the trumpet down, finding a whole new passion for instrumental music. In 5th grade Allen was introduced to jazz, but his understanding and liking toward it was not yet found. Throughout middle school Allen decided to stop playing jazz and took up classical music instead. Little did he know that in the near future he'd come to find himself feeling restricted while playing classical music. Throughout high school he still chose to play classically, but around the 10th grade he decided to dive back into jazz. From then on he chose jazz as his musical style. He began to study players such as Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, and Roy Hargrove just to name a few. Around his senior year of high school Allen had the privilege of being mentored by the great Marcus Belgrave, one of Detroit's own legendary trumpeters. From then on Allen's involvement in jazz increased exponentially.
After high school Allen decided to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he received a full ride from the university's jazz department. From then on he obtained other pivotal opportunities that would further him in his music career. Allen has made two appearances as a sideman in the Detroit Jazz Festival, one being with the great saxophonist Wendell Harrison (2015) and the other being with local bassist Ali Bey (2017). Allen is also a bandleader and has two of his own groups, the Allen Dennard Quartet and the Allen Dennard Quintet. Both groups have been headliners in venues around Detroit such as Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Cliff Bell's, and Bert's Marketplace. Allen's music is a mixture of jazz, contemporary, hip hip, r&b and funk. Allen still resides in Detroit, focusing on furthering his musical career in the local music scene.