Gregory J. Banaszak Named Recipient of The 2021 Hartt Alumni Award

August 26, 2021
Submitted By: Ashley Fedigan

Hartt alumnus Gregory J. Banaszak ’88 is the recipient of the 2021 Hartt Alumni Award. Banaszak will receive this award during the 2021 Hartt Dean’s Convocation on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Following the Hartt Dean's Convocation, Banaszak will be supervising a masterclass with Hartt saxophone students.

As one of today’s leading saxophonists and one of the few saxophonists active in both the classical and jazz mediums, Banaszak has performed as a soloist at concert halls throughout the United States and the world.

In addition to performing, Banaszak has an established career as an educator and takes great pride in educating the future generation of world class saxophonists and young artists. Banaszak’s former students hold university positions in administrations, instrumental faculty, and various ensembles from orchestral to commercial groups throughout the United States and abroad. 

As a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Banaszak is a voting member for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, and is the Artistic Director at Lutheran West High School.  He is a Vandoren Performing Artist, Selmer Saxophone clinician, and Rovner Products consultant. 

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