Director of Studio Saxophone
Mark Harris is a saxophonist and woodwind player who exemplifies the range and depth of experience of studio teachers at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has been a first call show player, playing in bands backing artists including Billy Eckstein, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway, Bob Hope, Natalie Cole, the Temptations; performed with Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd), Fred Frith, recorded with Bill Frisell, and Matt Wilson. More recently, he has directed his energy toward recording and performing original/experimental music- with groups including Hamster Theatre, Thinking Plague, momen terra, and Random Axe as well as performing in more standard settings with the acclaimed 9th and Lincoln Big Band, and the vocal trio Three Little Words.
He regularly performs solo recitals of primarily classical saxophone music, as well as recitals with the Lamont Saxophone Quartet. In his MSU Denver studio, Mark emphasizes a very strong technical and aesthetic understanding of saxophone playing, while encouraging a full exploration of each students’ creative potential. In addition to his teaching duties at MSU Denver, he very much enjoys teaching and working with pre-college age musicians, and is in great demand as a clinician/guest artist in both jazz and classical settings.