Bruce Krasin

Saxophone Instructor, Saxophone Ensemble Coach

Bruce has performed extensively in the United States, Canada and Russia as a soloist, orchestral and jazz orchestra musician. He has toured with Tony Bennet and performed with The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Yusef Lateef, among others. Bruce served with the United States Air Force NORAD 504th Air Force Jazz Band of the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Springs, performing extensively in North America. He has appeared on the NBC “Today Show” with Katie Couric and toured and recorded in Russia with the Jeff Holmes Big Band. Bruce was a guest artist at the Jazz Philharmonic Hall in St.Petersburg, Russia under the direction of David Goloschokin, guest artist with the Keene State College Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Don Baldini, bassist with the  the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, and for twenty years held the oboe/english horn chair with the Commonwealth Opera Orchestra. Currently, Bruce is the lead alto saxophonist for the Amherst Jazz Orchestra, principle reed player for the Barrington Stage Company, and teaches at Smith College, Greenfield Community College, and the Eaglebrook School in addition to his work at Deerfield Academy. 

Bruce studied clarinet with Prof. Joseph Contino at the University of Massachusetts and Sherman Friedland formerly of the Minneapolis Symphony, flute studies with Maria Tamburrino of the Utica Symphony, oboe and English horn and reed making with Prof. Charles Lehrer, with Prof. Fred Cohen, principle oboist of Springfield Symphony, and with Charles Schultz, formerly  of the West Virginia Symphony. In Boston, Bruce studied saxophone and jazz improvisation at the Berklee School of Music with Joe Viola, former Head of the Woodwind Dept. at Berklee and noted studio and theatre musician in Boston.

When not playing music, Bruce can usually be found hiking or skiing in the mountains of Vermont.