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Ian Rapien

“In my travels, I am exposed to hundreds of saxophonists every year. Ian Rapien is by far the most unique saxophonist I have heard in several years”, says Smooth-Jazz best-selling recording artist Walter Beasley. “In addition to his incredible delivery his compositions are equally impressive. In my opinion Ian represents the best of the new young musicians poised to take instrumental music to the next level.” After hearing Ian Rapien play the saxophone, most people find it hard to believe that he is only 24. Ian grew up in Anaheim, California, an extremely vibrant music scene for numerous genres including Rock, Rap, and DJ based dance music styles, all of which would go on to influence him in ways he would never have dreamed when first concentrated on the study of jazz. Rapien started playing the alto saxophone at age 10 in the elementary school music program, continuing with the program through high school. Displaying exceptional talent at an early age, Ian was invited to partake in numerous honor groups, most notably the All Southern California High School Jazz All Stars, taking the first Tenor Saxophone chair at the age of 16. Upon completion of high school, he started at the Berklee College of Music in 2000 on a merit-based scholarship. While at Berklee, a school renowned for enormous musical resources, Ian had the opportunity to play in all the top bands, while studying with world renowned musicians such as Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett, Walter Beasley, George Garzone, and Hal Crook

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