Alex Mann is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania and has been studying Music Education at Penn State University for the past three years. He has studied saxophone with Dr. David Stambler, Dan Yoder, and Tim Powell. Alex has participated in many ensembles at Penn State including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, A Great Deal More Jazz Combo, the Horizon Saxophone Quartet, and the Penn State Saxophone Studio Ensemble. Through these tremendous ensembles, he has been fortunate to learn from and perform with world-renowned artists such as Jim Snidero, John Fedchock, Dennis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Marko Marcinko, Christopher Creviston, Joe Lulloff, and Joe Murphy. Alex is also the President of the Penn State Jazz Educators, and Treasurer of the Penn State Saxophone Alliance. While at school, Alex has been an active member of the Central Pennsylvania music scene, performing at events in Lock Haven, State College, and Altoona. Additionally, Alex has recently performed in pit orchestras for the Penn State School of Theatre’s production of Be More Chill, and the Penn State Thespian’s MasquerAIDS, which benefits AIDS research. Alex has been passionate about education since high school when he volunteered teaching music lessons to underprivileged youth in several communities in Bristol Township through the SmArt Arts program. Since then, he has worked with experienced teachers and faculty around the Bucks County area and at Penn State to further develop his teaching skills.
Nick Nutter is from Pittsburgh, PA and a sophomore majoring in music education. He has studied saxophone with Dr. David Stambler and Jim Sheppard. During his time at Penn State, Nick has participated in various ensembles including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, Inner Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, A Great Deal More Jazz Combo, Total Darkness Saxophone Quartet and the Penn State Saxophone Studio Ensemble. Also, Nick is the President of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Vice President of the Penn State Saxophone Alliance and Treasurer of the Penn State Jazz Educators. Additionally, Nick has performed in the pit orchestra for the last two productions of the Penn State Thespian’s MasquerAIDS, benefitting AIDS research and will be performing in the pit orchestra for the College Light Opera Company this summer in Cape Cod.