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James Berlyn

fb_img_1474852076419Saxophonist James Berlyn has a huge passion and enthusiasm for music that he brings to the bandstand as well as to his lessons. He started playing saxophone in the 4th grade, but started seriously studying classical saxophone in middle school. As a graduate of UNCA James has been involved in funk projects such as Calvin Get Down and during school was a member of the Travers Brothership. With a strong background in jazz that came with studying under John Kocur, Jacob Rodriguez and Steve Alford, James also has considerable playing experience performing in the jazz scene, and also has some band leading experience. He has made appearances with The Empire Strikes Brass, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Common Foundation, The Omnitet and more.