Alan - Composer & Saxophonist
Alan has been playing saxophone since the day he heard the beautiful sound of a live saxophone played by the band director in his 5th grade classroom. Alan has 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, in concert at St. Michelle Winery, and as a guest conductor for Marcus Tsutakawa and the Garfield High School Orchestra. He has attended workshops with many jazz luminaries including Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Bud Shank, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Grover Washington Jr., Richie Cole, and Stanley Turrentine.
Alan plays Theo Wanne saxophone mouthpieces and is currently working on a new CD project, The Flight of the Eagle, with pianist Jojo Jose, guitarist John Morton, and Grammy Award winning Bass player and Engineer/Producer, Garey Shelton. Stay tuned!
Alan - Saxophone Insights
Alan visited the Theo Wanne Factory and was blown away by the breadth of mouthpiece sounds available and by the quality of saxophone mouthpieces offered. He started Saxophone Insights to bring the Theo Wanne mouthpiece experience to Seattle area saxophonists.
Saxophone Insights is a unique, by appointment, mouthpiece test studio that features personal consultation in an acoustically neutral studio and provides mouthpiece measurement, analysis, and demo test CD recording for playback and easier mouthpiece decision making.
Alan - Community Work
Alan is retired from 27 years in the IT industry and, while not working on his music related endeavors, consults on technical and marketing projects for non-profit organizations focused on fighting violence against women and children. Alan was a member of the core team who launched the ground breaking, 10-week Intervention program called “Stopping Sexual Exploitation: A Program For Men.” The program is the brainchild of a leader and visionary in his field, Peter Qualliotine. 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.