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Brad Eastin

Jazz Ensembles, Applied Woodwinds

Brad Eastin

Bio

Originally from Melbourne Florida, Brad Eastin has lived in Colorado Springs since 1985.  He was awarded a Masters in Music from The University of South Florida in 1979.  After graduation he worked as a professional musician in the Tampa and Orlando area, he performed on Tenor and Soprano Saxophone as well as Flute for four years with The Dick Rivers Group.  He also worked with Frankie Lane, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Gorshin and James Darrin as well as performing at the Kool Jazz Festival in Orlando Florida in 1982.  He joined the US Air Force Band at Robins AFB Georgia in 1983.  He moved to Colorado Springs in 1985 after auditioning and winning a position at USAF Academy Band.  He became a member of the Premier Jazz Ensemble “The Falconaires” playing with Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Ed Shaunessey, Louie Belson, Jon Hendricks and Diane Schurr.  During this period the Falconaires performed at the Wichita, UNC Greeley  and Fullerton College Jazz Festivals.  They were also invited to play at the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention as well a Music-Fest Canada.  In 1996 Brad became leader of USAF Academy Band group “Blue Steel” designing and implementing a “Stay in School Show” aimed at high school and middle school students.  He produced this show for over 124,000 students nation-wide.  He retired from the USAF Academy Band in August of 2003 and joined the faculty at CSU-Pueblo in 2004 teaching saxophone, clarinet and jazz studies.  Brad continues to perform in the Colorado Front Range area with his own jazz quartet, trio, The Colorado Springs Contemporary Big Band, George Whitesell and His All Stars, Orchestro Sabaroso as well as many many other artists and performers. ​
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