Saxophone Lessons

Kenji Kikuchi

Kenji Kikuchi, composer, saxophonist and music educator, has appeared as a performer internationally, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Joshua Redman, Richard Davis, Abraham Laboriel, Jr., Greg Hopkins and Joe Hunt. He is an active performer in the style of classical and jazz on not only his primary instrument, saxophone, but also on flute and clarinet.

Mr. Kikuchi is also an accomplished composer of contemporary classical music. He had several of his works premiered, including Overture for Orchestra and Saxophone Concerto by the Quincy Symphony; Marimba Concerto and Prelude for Orchestra by the Melrose Symphony; and Cape Ann Overture by the Cape Ann Symphony. He has also published Astronomy I, II (Finalist, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 2002), Quartet No. 2 (Winner, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 1998) and Airmail Edition with Falls House Press; and Sonata for Flute and Piano and Piece for Solo Piano with BKJ Publications. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Boston Symphony Hall.

As a music educator, Mr. Kikuchi has been directing Soul Sauce, the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, for thirteen years, and he provides opportunities to young musicians to learn both performing with harmony in a group and developing their individual voices through jazz music.  He joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2017.


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Vlad Vaskevich

Vladimir Vaskevich received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Stolyarsky School of Music and his Master of Music degree from Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine).  He was a member of the Odessa Opera Orchestra and the Odessa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (clarinet and saxophone) as well as leader and arranger of ensembles for the Odessa City Music Entertainment Company.  In addition to his classical performing, he participated in Jazz Festivals through Russia and the Ukraine, including performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Vladimir also served on the faculty at the Odessa State Musical College for sixteen years before emigrating to the United States.  

Vladimir and his wife, violinist Svitlana Kovalenko, have been performing together for many years as the “Romantic Duo”, sharing their music at many organizational events, family celebrations, retirement communities and nursing homes throughout the region.  Vladimir teaches clarinet and saxophone for Clark University’s Neighborhood Music Program, the Wachusett Regional School District’s after school music program and has been on Joy of Music’s faculty since 2006.

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Mark Weissman

Mark Weissman has been a professional musician in the New England area for the past 25 years. In addition to receiving a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, he holds Music degrees from Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst. Mark has studied Saxophone/improvisation, and composition with Yuseff Lateef, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Jeff Holmes, Ken Radnofsky, Ted Levine, and Lynn Klock.

From 2002-2016 Mark was enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Saxophonist. During his enlistment he had the opportunity to perform and record with numerous Jazz luminaries such as Marvin Stamm, Greg Hopkins, Gary Smulyan, Jane Monheit, Billy Pierce, and Phil Wilson. In addition to his performance responsibilities, Mark was chosen to musically direct the top Jazz ensemble at the world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival.

Currently, Mark is teaching band full time in the Tantasqua District, and performing in numerous ensembles around the New England area.   He taught at Joy of Music from 2000 and 2002, before joining the Air Force band and rejoined JOMP’s faculty in 2017.

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