Gregory W. Yasinitsky, composer and saxophonist, is winner of the American Prize for Orchestral Composition, and is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Commission Project, Artist Trust and ASCAP. He is a former Board Member for the Jazz Education Network, served as the composer and conductor of the JEN All Stars Big Band, which includes some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world, and has written music especially for David Sanborn, Sean Jones, Clark Terry, Jeff Coffin, Dave Liebman and the USAF "Airmen of Note" big band. Yasinitsky is leader of the YAZZ Band and his recent Origin CD YAZZ Band: New Normal is receiving significant attention and being broadcast internationally. Yasinitsky has hundreds of published musical works which are performed in over forty countries world-wide, and his compositions and saxophone playing are featured on over fifty recordings. Yasinitsky has performed with Randy Brecker, Marcus Printup, Tom Harrell, Ed Calle, Alex Acuna, Kirk Whalum, Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Lou Rawls, Manhattan Transfer, and many others. Yasinitsky is a is a Regents Professor of Music, Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Washington State University and a member Washington State Music Educators Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the WSU Eminent Faculty Award, the university’s top award for faculty, the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts, and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Yasinitsky is a Yamaha performing artist and a JodyJazz Artist.