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Workshop: All-State Saxophone Audition Preparation

November 27, 2018 - November 28, 2018

The Charleston Jazz Academy is excited to present our All-State Saxophone Audition Preparation Workshop, led by educator and performer – Dr. Ryan Westberry! This workshop is designed for saxophonists from 7th to 12th grade who intend to audition for the South Carolina All-State Concert Band on saxophone. Even if you are not auditioning this year, but want to learn more about playing the saxophone, this workshop is also for you! Topics will include: examining the audition process; enhancing tone; developing stronger fundamentals; audition etude; improvising over the blues; and sight-reading techniques. This workshop is sure to be enlightening for all – so don’t miss your chance to register now!

About Our Clinician

Ryan Westberry has served as a public school educator for twenty years.  He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University, a Master of Music Education and an Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant with the Carolina Bands.  Currently, he holds the position of Coordinator of Performing Arts in Berkeley County where he oversees instruction of music, theatre, and dance in grades K-12.

Prior to his appointment in Berkeley County, Dr. Westberry was the assistant band director at Effingham County High School (GA), band director at Aiken Middle School and Aiken High School, and an adjunct professor of music at USC-Aiken where he conducted the Aiken Concert Band. Consistently earning Superior and Excellent ratings in marching contests, concert festivals, and jazz festivals in South Carolina and Georgia, Dr. Westberry was also named Teacher of the Year at Aiken Middle School in 2005 and was awarded the Golden Apple from WJBF TV in Augusta, GA in 2006.  He is an active clinician, working with ensembles throughout South Carolina and Georgia.

Dr. Westberry is a member of the National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Band Directors Association, American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu and lives in Summerville with his beautiful wife, Wendy, and two amazing daughters, Ella and Molly.

Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline: 12pm on November 26, 2018.


November 27, 2018
November 28, 2018


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