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Clint Bleil is a composer and saxophonist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Clint has degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Slippery Rock University, where he studied under Jason Kush. Clint recently received his master's degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami, where he studied composition under Gary Lindsay, John Daversa, and Carlos Rafael Rivera. Clint has received numerous awards in composition and arranging, including a SONIC Award for his jazz ensemble piece “It Matters,” which was performed at the 2019 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium. He also has received a DownBeat Student Music Award in 2019 for his arrangement of “I’ll Remember April,” and the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award in 2021 for his jazz ensemble work "Continue On." Clint has composed, arranged, and transcribed for multiple different groups and ensembles, including Live From Here with Chris Thile, Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti, Bob Reynolds, Project TRIO, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. As a saxophonist, Clint has performed and recorded in many different styles and ensembles. He has performed alongside Randy Brecker and Charles Pillow with the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, as well as Troy Roberts, Dave Holland, John Beasley, and Adam Rogers with the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band. He has also performed with rock and pop acts, such as the Temptations, Jay and the Americans, Dennis Tufano, and the Shirelles. Clint also has experience in the recording studio, where he served as an additional engineer on John Daversa’s three-time Grammy award-winning album American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom. Clint is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College, where he teaches multiple lessons and classes as well as leads the Jazz and Wind Ensemble. He also offers private woodwind lessons throughout the Pittsburgh area. Clint also is a member of the Pittsburgh pop/rock group, "No Bad Juju." He also regularly performs in the Pittsburgh area with his quartet that focuses on modern jazz arrangements and compositions, as well as a funk/ fusion group that he co-leads with his brother.
Laura Lynn Crytzer
Laura Lynn Crytzer is a local freelance trombonist and brass teacher, teaching students in the north of Pittsburgh area in person as well as maintaining an online studio for students across the United States. Prior to her return to her hometown of Butler, she resided in Malaysia for four years. There she taught brass instruments and directed a variety of music ensembles at the British School of Kuala Lumpur.
Laura holds two Master of Music degrees in Trombone Performance and Chamber Music respectively from the University of Michigan. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.
In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling and engaging in the culture of communities she visits. She loves trekking mountains and jungles, and is an AIDA certified Open Water freediver. She hopes to obtain her Advanced freediving certification the next time her travels have her ocean-bound.