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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Jay Mason

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Name: Jay Mason
Website: http://www.jaymasonmusic.com
Presentation Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 9:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza
Presentation Title: CSULB/BCCM Saxophone Ensemble
Type of Presentation: Large Saxophone Ensemble Performance
Proposal Duration: 18

Jay Mason has become one of the Los Angeles area’s busiest saxophonists and woodwind doublers since launching his career in 1983, after graduating from CSU, Long Beach. His performance credits include Johnny Mathis, Eddie Daniels, Michael Finestein, Michael McDonald, and many others. He has appeared on recordings for the motion pictures La La Land, Secret Life of Pets, Crazy Rich Asians, and Ralph Wrecks the Internet, television productions America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Tonight Show, American Dad and Family Guy, and video games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and hundreds more. Additionally, he is a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Grammy winning Big Phat Band, and rounds out his activities by serving on the faculty where he started out at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, and at Concordia University in Irvine. Jay is a Vandoren Reed Artist.

Ensemble Bio: The BCCM Saxophone Ensemble was started as part of the saxophone program at CSU, Long Beach by Professor Emeritus Leo Potts in 1979.  Since then, the group has performed at numerous NASA Regional and Biennal Conferences, as well as the World Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy.  Since Professor Potts retirement, the group has been led by Jay Mason, a founding student member of the ensemble and now on faculty at the University.  Since its inception the group has been active in promoting new works for the ensemble, premiering works by Dan Higgins, Mauro Bruno, James DiPasquale, Walter Hartley, and many pieces conceived and composed by students at California State University, Long Beach.  In this way, the BCCM Saxophone Ensemble continues to expand the repertoire for large saxophone ensembles and prepare students for performance opportunities in a wide variety of styles and genres.  

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Sunburst Karalyn Schubring 6
Chorale, Fugue, and Pops Zachry Taburaza 8
Romance from Lt. Kijie Suite by Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev, arranged by Colin Ward 4