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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Justin Polyblank

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Name: Justin Polyblank
Website: http://www.barkadaquartet.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:20 AM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Catch on Fire: A Composer Profile of Carlos Simon
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 20
Bio: SFC Justin Polyblank resides in Springfield, VA and is a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” As a saxophonist in the ceremonial element of “Pershing’s Own,” Justin performs honors in services held at Arlington National Cemetery as well as the White House, United States Capitol, Pentagon, and other locations throughout the Military District of Washington. He also performs in concert as a member of The U.S. Army Concert Band and The U.S. Army Blues. As a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C. area, Justin performs regularly with local entertainment group Bachelor Boys Band as well as the Texas Chainsaw Horns.

SFC Polyblank remains active as an educator, serving on the faculty of the McLean School of Music and teaching throughout the Fairfax County public school system. Justin’s teachers and mentors have included David Baker, Pat Harbison, Ron McCurdy, Otis Murphy, Brent Wallarab, Tom Walsh, and Keith Young.
Ensemble Bio:

Said to display “virtuosity of the utmost distinctive order” (Splash Magazine), Barkada Quartet is the first saxophone quartet to capture the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s coveted Grand Prize. Formed in 2011 at the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music (JSoM), Barkada Quartet’s individual members share a friendship and musical camaraderie of incredible strength. Barkada Quartet has achieved international recognition, having performed over 60 engagements in Italy, Japan, and 14 states in the contiguous United States. Their debut, self-produced album Aventura features original works for saxophone quartet by composers David Maslanka, David Salleras Quintana, and David Werfelmann. 

Barkada Quartet's 2019-2020 season continues to highlight their blend of new and standard contemporary works. The centerpiece of their upcoming performances series will be a recently commissioned piece by composer Carlos Simon.

Barkada Quartet is Christopher Elchico (soprano saxophone), Shane Rathburn (alto saxophone), Perry Roth (tenor saxophone), and Justin Polyblank (baritone saxophone) 

Other Performers / Participants


 

Christopher Elchico

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Christopher Elchico currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he served as the clarinet coach for the students of the Los Angeles orchestra of Esperanza Azteca from 2015-17. Chris currently studies clarinet with Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Principal Clarinetist, Burt Hara and performs in large ensemble and chamber music settings as a freelance musician in LA. 

Chris is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied clarinet with Professor James Campbell and saxophone with Dr. Otis Murphy. As a soloist, he performed as a finalist in March 2014 during the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition. Originally from Santa Clarita, California, he received his Bachelor of Arts in saxophone performance from UCLA as a pupil of Dr. Doug Masek.  

Chris has had the opportunity to perform with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble, the Music Academy of the West, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.

Shane Rathburn

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Shane Rathburn joined Barkada Quartet in summer 2014 and is a freelance musician and educator in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Since making his orchestral solo debut in 2011, Shane has performed as a soloist with the University of Hartford Wind Ensemble, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Toe River Chamber Orchestra, Mountain Heritage Symphonic Band, and the Eastern Music Festival Symphony Orchestra.  

Shane has been successful in a variety of competitions, performing as a finalist in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, placing 3rd in the 2012 NASA Quartet Competition with the Aidai Saxophone Quartet, winning the UNCSA and University of Hartford Concerto Competitions.

A native of Burnsville, North Carolina, Shane holds degrees from The University of Hartford, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Professor Carrie Koffman, Dr. Otis Murphy, Professor Taimur Sullivan, respectively.

Perry Roth

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Perry Roth joined Barkada Quartet in the spring of 2017. Perry is an accomplished solo artist, chamber musician and educator. As an avid performer, Roth has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Hartt Symphony, the JACK Quartet, the American Modern Ensemble and Third Coast Percussion.

As an educator, Roth is on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division at The University of Hartford where he teaches a full studio of pre-college and adult students.

Roth has presented guest performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in 2016 and 2018 as well as the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in 2011, 2018 and 2019.

Currently a doctoral candidate at The Hartt School, Perry works as a graduate teaching fellow, teaching applied saxophone and coaching chamber music. Roth’s principal teachers include Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Connie Frigo, Carrie Koffman, Clifford Leaman as well as Deborah Chodacki (clarinet).  


Justin Polyblank

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: SFC Justin Polyblank resides in Springfield, VA and is a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” As a saxophonist in the ceremonial element of “Pershing’s Own,” Justin performs honors in services held at Arlington National Cemetery as well as the White House, United States Capitol, Pentagon, and other locations throughout the Military District of Washington. He also performs in concert as a member of The U.S. Army Concert Band and The U.S. Army Blues. As a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C. area, Justin performs regularly with local entertainment group Bachelor Boys Band as well as the Texas Chainsaw Horns. 

SFC Polyblank remains active as an educator, serving on the faculty of the McLean School of Music and teaching throughout the Fairfax County public school system. Justin’s teachers and mentors have included David Baker, Pat Harbison, Ron McCurdy, Otis Murphy, Brent Wallarab, Tom Walsh, and Keith Young.undefined

Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
Elegy: A Cry from the Grave Carlos Simon 5
Catch on Fire Carlos Simon 13