Dana Booher

Dana Booher's Biography

A native of Costa Mesa, California, Dana Booher has won top prizes in competitions across the United States, including the Carmel Music Society Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition, and the Indiana University Travel Grant Competition. He has also performed solo recitals across the United States.

Dana is a highly regarded saxophone teacher, having served as Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University, Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds at Vincennes University, and Saxophone Instructor at the Wildwood Institute of Music and the Arts. He has presented master classes at various universities across the United States. A passionate teacher, he consistently maintains a large studio of private students.

Dana frequently appears as an orchestral saxophonist, having performed with the Washington National Opera, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Lafayette Symphony, and Carmel Symphony, among many others. He currently plays saxophone for the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, a position he has held since August 2011.

Dana is the baritone saxophonist of the renowned Zzyzx Quartet. Formed in 2007, the Zzyzx Quartet quickly gained high regard after performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, World Saxophone Congress, and numerous guest recitals and master classes across the United States. Zzyzx is committed to the advancement of quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered numerous new works by composers such as John Mackey, Erik Norman, Elliot Bark, Matthew Peterson, Ian Stewart, Sarah Gibson, Laura Kramer, and John Leszczynski. Zzyzx has released multiple full-length albums, including Zzyzx Rd and Intersections, both of which are available through Teal Creek Music.

Dana earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University as a student of Dr. Otis Murphy. He is a recipient of the Indiana University Performer’s Certificate, the highest honor that can be awarded at the institution.

Dana is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and an Artist-Clinician for Rico Reeds and D’Addario, Inc. He performs exclusively on Yamaha Saxophones and Rico Reserve reeds.

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