Bryan McEntire

Saxophonist || Composer || Jazz Educator

At age 9, after proving himself an abysmal failure at the violin, Bryan McEntire picked up the only other instrument his grandfather had to offer him: the saxophone. Upon joining his school's jazz band at age 13, he was introduced to the exhilirating--and daunting--world of jazz and improvisation. As a developing jazz musician in the Seattle area, Bryan was afforded many opportunities to perform on both national and international stages as a member of the prestigious jazz program at Mountlake Terrace High School under the direction of Darin Faul. He received his Bachelors in Musical Arts from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he studied saxophone with Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. Erik Steighner, as well as jazz composition and arranging with Dr. David Deacon-Joyner. Bryan received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Department. As a member of the UNL Jazz Orchestra he won outstanding soloist and outstanding ensemble awards at the University of Kansas Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival; as a member of the UNL Graduate Jazz Ensemble he won an outstanding soloist and outstanding ensemble award at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

Bryan currently resides in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of a number of local groups, in addition to holding a full-time position at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bryan has performed at the Montreux, Vienne, Monterey, Essentially Ellington, and Lionel Hampton jazz festivals, as well as performed concerts in Italy, Germany, and Shanghai and Beijing, China. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such jazz luminaries as Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Clay Jenkins, Bill Watrous, Sara Gazarek, Jeff Coffin, Randy Brecker, and Wynton Marsalis. He has also participated in masterclasses with Clay Jenkins, Bill Watrous, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Jeff Coffin, Mark Levine, Arturo O'Farrill, Matt Penman, Avishai Cohen, and Antonio Hart.

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