Alan - Composer & Saxophonist
Alan has been playing saxophone since the day he heard Con Elnes, his 5th grade band director, play one in his classroom. Alan studied saxophone with Joe Brazil and Bill Smith at the University of Washington, with Denney Goodhew at the Cornish School of Music, and piano with Randy Halberstadt. Alan has performed locally in many Pacific Northwest clubs and schools, at Jazz Alley, St. Michelle Winery, as a guest conductor for Marcus Tsutakawa and the Garfield High School Orchestra, and at Ecstatic Dance events around the region.
Alan co-founded Eulipion Friends with Bob Antolin in 2019. Their live, jazz influenced musical soundscapes for Ecstatic Dance inspire, interact with & interconnect dancers of all kinds. They have performed at OM Culture and Dance Camp Northwest.
Alan - Saxophone Insights
Alan visited the Theo Wanne Factory in 2015 and was so impressed with the breadth and quality of saxophone mouthpieces offered that he instantly became a dealer to bring the Theo Wanne mouthpiece experience to Seattle area saxophonists. Alan established Saxophone Insights as a unique, by appointment, mouthpiece testing studio that features personal consultation in an acoustically neutral studio and provides mouthpiece measurement and analysis for easier mouthpiece decision making.
Alan - Community Work
Alan is retired from 27 years in the IT industry and while not working on his music has consulted on technical and marketing projects for non-profit organizations focused on fighting violence against women and children. Alan is a former Board member of OPS and was part of the core team who launched the ground breaking, 10-week Intervention program called “Stopping Sexual Exploitation: A Program For Men.” This program is the first of its kind in the US and has demonstrated resounding success not seen before in programs of this type where graduated men are returning voluntarily to support the program in various ways.
Alan is a former Big Brother volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters whose research shows that Little Brothers are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, and more likely to get along with their families and peers. He still sees his “little brother” Charles regularly and just celebrated his 22nd birthday together.
Alan is a former Board member for the Global Technology Academy at Garfield High School in Seattle whose mission was to enable youth locally and in under-served communities throughout the world achieve digital literacy through leadership development and cross cultural experiences.
Alan - Mankind Project
Alan is a member of the Mankind Project (MKP), a global brotherhood of nonprofit charitable organizations that create a world where men act on their individual and shared responsibility for the future of humanity by initiating and supporting men of all ages and life stages on a personal development path of emotional maturity, spiritual awareness and deepening community.