Jim Stranahan received his Bachelors of Music Education and MA in conducting from the University of Denver. Jim spent 30 years as an instrumental music instructor in the Denver area having retired in 2004. Highlights of his 30 years include his jazz ensembles receiving accolades at local and national festivals, including the Wichita Jazz Festival and the National Music Educators Conference and teaching jazz improvisation to all ensembles and instruments, utilizing notable guest mentor musicians as instructors and co-performers. Jim was the saxophone instructor for Colorado Honor Band from 1999 to 2004. He was an instructor at the Mile High Jazz Camp at the University of Colorado from 1999 to 2003. He has been a clinician/guest performer for the Denver, Douglas County, Cherry Creek and Elizabeth Public School Districts since 1998. Jim has been a professional free-lance saxophone player in the Denver area for the past 33 years including playing with Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney among others. He has been a private saxophone instructor for the past 20 years.
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