Mike Sakash

Mike Sakash

saxophone

A native of Western Massachusetts, Mike is a saxophonist, composer, and music educator who performs, records, and presents clinics throughout New England. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Music Education and Performance, 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 settling in New Hampshire Mike was Associate Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College (PA). Currently, he is the arts department chair at Fryeburg Academy, in Fryeburg, ME, where he directs the instrumental ensembles and teaches courses in music theory, guitar, and jazz improvisation. Mike also serves as a guest artist and clinician at music festivals nationwide. In 2017 he received the Maine Music Educators Association “Music Educator of the Year” award, presented at the Maine All-State Conference.

As a saxophonist, he has performed, recorded, and toured with the Phoenix Jazz Project and the Traverser Saxophone Quartet, in addition to being a regular member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra. As a member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra Mike has had the opportunity to solo with vocalist and saxophonist Darmon Meader, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and saxophonists David Demsey and Jeff Coffin, and trumpeter, Bijon Watson. His compositions for the Portland Jazz Orchestra can be heard on their latest release titled “Generations”.