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Mike Sakash – clarinet and saxophone

Mike Sakash holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Saxophone Performance, African American/Jazz Studies, and Music Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied saxophone with Lynn Klock and Raymond Ricker, improvisation with Yusef Lateef, and jazz composition and arranging with Fred Sturm. Before joining the faculty at Mountain Top Music Center, Mike was Associate Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College (PA). Currently, Mike teaches music at Fryeburg Academy, records and performs widely, and serves as a clinician and guest artists throughout the country. Mike has been on the teaching faculty of Mountain Top Music Center since 2008, and served as its Executive Director in 2010 and 2011.