Thank you to my 5th Grade Band Director 

I remember my anticipation when Mr. Elnes, the 5th Grade band director, came to our classroom to recruit students for his program.  I waited expectantly as he demonstrated each instrument from the band.  Since my best friend played clarinet, I had my mind set on clarinet and waited for him to pick it up and play it.  But then suddenly, caught off guard, I was completely captured by the magical sound of the saxophone.  That was it!  I knew I would play saxophone for the rest of my life.  Thank you Mr…

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January 8, 2007, Seattle, Washington – CD Release Party at Jazz Alley! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our celebration Monday night at Jazz Alley. It was an evening that surpassed my wildest dreams! It was truly awe inspiring and humbling to have 300+ of our friends, family, and greater community show up and support us. I will always remember that evening and am deeply appreciative of your incredible show of support for not only my new CD but the fantastic Garfield Vocal Jazz program, and our 25th Anniversary!

Thanks to the people who helped make this happen:  The…

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Guest conductor for the Garfield High Orchestra! 

The Internationally renowned Garfield High School Orchestra conducted by Marcus Tsutakawa performed an evening of music culminating with guest conductor Alan Merrihew conducting The Eulipion Suite.  The Eulipion Suite is comprised of two original compositions Bakit (Why) by Joselito Jose and Dreams of a Far Off Land by Alan Merrihew.  Featured musicians were Aase Cohen-Kiel on oboe, Andrew Mulherkar on alto and tenor saxophones, and Eytan Nicholson on percussion.  Commenting on the night's events Alan…

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