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All Things Saxophone for Beginners, Advanced Students, and Professionals With Navy Band Principal Saxophonist MUC Jonathan Yanik

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic offers years of professional knowledge from the US Navy Band Principal Saxophonist. Topics include basic fundamentals, specific embouchure tips both for jazz and classical playing, tongue positioning, finger/hand placement, air support, etc. to practical advice on equipment recommendations and practical exercises. The purpose is to give real world advice both for young players as well as help advanced students/teachers revisit the ways that they approach the instrument.

Jonathan Yanik - Biographical Information

Navy Band principal saxophonist Chief Musician Jonathan Yanik is in demand across the world as a performer, teacher, and guest clinician. He has been the Navy Band’s concerto soloist on well over 100 high visibility concerts in 33 states and is featured annually at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. In addition, he was a featured soloist internationally at the 2015 Saxophone congress in Strasbourg, France and the 2018 Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. MUC Yanik performs with such varied groups as the Inscape chamber orchestra, UrbanArias opera orchestra, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, The Bachelor Boys wedding band, National Philharmonic, and serves as soprano saxophonist for the renowned US Navy Band Saxophone Quartet. A highly regarded educator, Chief Yanik has given classes as a featured clinician at the 2014 Midwest Clinic, Brevard Music Festival, University of North Texas, University of Miami, University of Oklahoma, University of Georgia, and at numerous other institutions. He served as Adjunct professor of saxophone at Towson University and as guest professor of saxophone at Shenandoah Conservatory in Spring 2022. MUC Yanik earned a Masters of Music from University of Michigan where he studied with Donald Sinta and Dr. Andrew Bishop, and a Bachelors of Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Dr. Otis Murphy. He currently resides in Washington, DC, with his wife Megan Yanik and their son Benjamin and daughter Charlotte.

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