Brian Rodesch

Saxophonist Brian Rodesch is versatile performer and educator whose experience encompasses a wide array of genres and styles. An active soloist, chamber musician, and improviser Brian has appeared with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, and has been featured on the Aquila Performing Arts Series (Greeley, CO), as well as being a featured soloist with the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble on their 2011 tour of China. As a jazz musician and improviser, Brian has been recognized as an outstanding soloist at the Jamey Aebersold presents the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, has been featured in performance at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, and has played alongside jazz luminaries such as Phil Woods, Dick Oatts, Nnenna Freelon, Dave Rivello, Dave Pietro, and Michael Philip Mossman. Brian is founder and soprano saxophonist in the Minneapolis based Headwaters Saxophone Quartet, a group committed to providing versatile and exciting performances of new and standard repertoire for the medium. Additionally, Brian is a founding member of the Nexus Duo, a clarinet/sax duo committed to furthering the medium through the commission and performance of new works, most recently Katherine Bergman’s Alone Together – premiered at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliances biennial conference held at Texas Tech University. Both groups are also committed to education and outreach, frequently presenting clinics and workshops at junior and senior high schools throughout the greater-Minneapolis area. Brian currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Simpson College (Indianola, IA), as well as serving as summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has held additional positions at the University of Minnesota-Morris, the University of Northern Colorado, East Carolina University, MacPhail Center for Music, the Mount Olivet School of Music, Apple Valley High School (MN), and served as an assistant director with the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands. Brian holds a Doctor of Arts degree with an emphasis in saxophone performance and secondary emphasis in jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a student of Dr. Andrew Dahlke. He holds additional degrees from East Carolina University (M.M.) and the University of Minnesota (B.M). His primary teachers have included Dahlke, Jeffrey Bair, Eugene Rousseau, Brian Grivna, and Greg Keel. Brian is a Conn-Selmer and Dahlke Mouthpiece performing artist. He performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and the Virtuoso Series RS alto saxophone mouthpiece.

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