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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Justin Polyblank

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Saxophone Player

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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

Name Instrument Bio
Christopher Elchico Soprano Saxophone Christopher Elchico currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he served as the clarinet coac . . .
Shane Rathburn Alto Saxophone Shane Rathburn joined Barkada Quartet in summer 2014 and is a freelance musician and educator i . . .
Perry Roth Tenor Saxophone Perry Roth joined Barkada Quartet in the spring of 2017. Perry is an accomplished solo artist, chamb . . .
Justin Polyblank Baritone Saxophone SFC Justin Polyblank resides in Springfield, VA and is a member of The United States Army Band . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

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