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Current NASA Officers

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

Past NASA Officers | Executive Committee | Appointed Officers | Regional Directors | Committee Chairs

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Executive Committee

Griffin Campbell

Griffin Campbell

Board Position: President
NASA Member Since: 1977
University / Organization: Louisiana State University
What I Love About NASA: NASA is where I've gone to meet my heroes, to present my research to my peers as a performer, to hear new repertoire, to find fresh and interesting pedagogical ideas, to meet my colleagues in the field. NASA is my social club, my church, my office water-cooler, the place where I go to discover, discuss, and understand what's happening in the saxophone world today.

I love NASA because, when I was a high-school student and wrote Fred Hemke about the organization, he wrote me back and invited me in. NASA is my home. You are all welcome. Professional, Enthusiast, Student, whatever school or style, you are welcome.
Kenneth Tse

Kenneth Tse

Board Position: Immediate Past President
NASA Member Since: 1994
University / Organization: University of Iowa
What I Love About NASA: The fact that we have NASA! It should not be something we take for granted. Not only that. NASA is a group of dedicated saxophonists pursuing the same goal—the betterment of our beloved instrument. I am very proud to be a part of such unified and yet diverse force.
Chris Creviston

Chris Creviston

Board Position: President-Elect
NASA Member Since: 2011
University / Organization: Arizona State University
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Nathan Nabb

Nathan Nabb

Board Position: Treasurer
NASA Member Since: 1998
University / Organization: Stephen F. Austin State University; Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
What I Love About NASA: NASA is a fantastic organization with the promotion of saxophone performance and pedagogy at its core. Our regional and national conferences offer many opportunities for students and professionals to hear new music, collaborate in enriching ways, and reconnect with friends and colleagues from around the US and Canada.
Carrie Koffman

Carrie Koffman

Board Position: Secretary
NASA Member Since: 2000
University / Organization: The Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, University of Hartford; Yale School of Music
What I Love About NASA: I love that NASA provides opportunities to share ideas and information between saxophonists of all ages and levels of experience. Our organization helps to create a positive environment that fosters life long learning for all of its members.
Bradford C. Leali

Bradford C. Leali

Board Position: Jazz Coordinator
NASA Member Since: 2012
University / Organization: University of North Texas
What I Love About NASA: Colleagues and saxophone enthusiasts enjoy the opportunity to share ideas in an environment that promotes continued growth and advancement. It's a wonderful forum in which the voice of saxophone can be showcased in both a pedagogical and performance setting.
Julia Nolan

Julia Nolan

Board Position: Director of Scholarly Publications
NASA Member Since: 1984
University / Organization: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
What I Love About NASA: What began as an idea with Eugene Rousseau and Paul Brodie, NASA has blossomed into an important international presence in global musical communities. I enjoy hearing music that is new, old, and in-between performed by professionals, students, and enthusiasts, renewing old friendships, and making new ones at the local, national, and international conferences. Good times, good friends, good music, and a great organization!
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Appointed Officers

Jennifer Blackwell

Jennifer Blackwell

Position: Saxophone Symposium Editor
NASA Member Since: 2009
University / Organization: Indiana University Bloomington, Associate Instructor
What I Love About NASA: I love the community NASA has created for performers, scholars, teachers, and enthuiasists of the saxophone to come together and share their passion for this beautiful instrument!
Michael Holmes

J. Michael Holmes

Position: Director of Marketing
NASA Member Since: 1996
University / Organization: Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
What I Love About NASA: The incredible musicians that are part of this organization and the dedicated industry personnel who tirelessly work to help promote and support saxophonists.
James Romain

James Romain

Position: Membership Director
NASA Member Since: 1987
University / Organization: Drake University
What I Love About NASA: As our discipline's premiere professional organization, NASA provides opportunities for seasoned professionals and eager students alike to interact, explore, and move our instrument and it's repertoire forward.
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Regional Directors

Rhett Bender

Rhett Bender

Position: Region 1 Director (WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, AK)
NASA Member Since: 1988
University / Organization: Oregon School of the Arts at Southern Oregon University
What I Love About NASA: The Regional and National Meetings where students can perform and share music with professional saxophonists.
Eric Lau

Eric Lau

Position: Region 2 Director (CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM, HI)
NASA Member Since: 1998
University / Organization: The University of New Mexico
Matthew Patnode

Matthew Patnode

Position: Region 3 Director (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA)
NASA Member Since: 1986
University / Organization: North Dakota State University
What I Love About NASA: NASA has raised the level of performance, pedagogical research, and embracing all styles of saxophone playing. It provides a great forum for students and professionals alike though publications and conferences at regional and national levels.
David Dees

David Dees

Position: Region 4 Director (KS, OK, MO, AR, TX)
NASA Member Since: 1982
University / Organization: Texas Tech University
What I Love About NASA: NASA provides us with a great way to stay connected to all of our wonderful friends and colleagues in the saxophone community.
James Kasprzyk

James Kasprzyk

Position: Region 5 Director (WI, IL, IN, OH, MI)
NASA Member Since: 1976
University / Organization: Chicago Saxophone Quartet
What I Love About NASA: NASA is a wonderful platform to see and hear the growth saxophone performance, make new friends, and renew old friendships.
Jan Baker

Jan Berry Baker

Position: Region 6 Director (LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, PR)
NASA Member Since: 1993
University / Organization: Georgia State University, Selmer and Vandoren Performing Artist
What I Love About NASA: What's not to love? Great friends, great music, and great conferences.
Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Position: Region 7 Director (KY, TN, VA, NC, SC, MD, DE, DC)
NASA Member Since: 1985
University / Organization: Shenandoah Conservatory, Professor of Saxophone
What I Love About NASA: NASA gives us the ability to meet new colleagues, build friendships with more familiar ones, and learn about lots of wonderful new repertoire for our instrument.
Gail Levinsky

Gail Levinsky

Position: Region 8 Director (NY, PA, NJ, WV, CT, MA, RI, VT, ME, NH)
NASA Member Since: 1979
University / Organization: Susquehanna University
What I Love About NASA: I love the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from around the country and become acquainted with the latest repertoire.
Glen Gillis

Glen Gillis

Position: Region 9 Director (BC, AB, SK, MB, YT, NT, NU)
NASA Member Since: 1982
University / Organization: University of Saskatchewan, Professor of Music
What I Love About NASA: The opportunity to hear and collaborate with many musicians and the presentation of so much new music for the saxophone.
James Kalyn

James Kalyn

Position: Region 10 Director (QC, NL, NB, NS, PE, ON)
NASA Member Since: 1989
University / Organization: Mount Allison University, Associate Professor
What I Love About NASA: The shameless play on the NASA name. We can be completely professional about our art and still have fun.
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Committee Chairs

Susan Fancher

Susan Fancher

Position: 2016 Biennial Conference Program Committee
NASA Member Since: 1996
University / Organization: Duke University, Saxophone Instructor
What I Love About NASA: The NASA conferences are invaluable opportunities to stay on top of current developments in the saxophone world and to reconnect with colleagues and friends.
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