“It Matters” by Clint Bleil is the NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest winner for 2022. This original work will be performed by the United States Air Force Airmen of Note, directed by Master Sgt. Lucas Brandon, at the 2022 Midwest Clinic. The performance will take place on Tuesday, December 20, at 7:30 PM at McCormick Place. All NBA members are encouraged to attend this performance.
Clint Bleil is a composer and saxophonist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Slippery Rock University, where he studied under Jason Kush, and recently received his masters degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami, where he studied composition under Gary Lindsay, John Daversa, and Carlos Rafael Rivera. Clint is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College, where he teaches multiple lessons and classes as well as leads the Jazz and Wind Ensembles. He also offers private woodwind lessons throughout the Pittsburgh area. He regularly performs in the Pittsburgh area with his quartet that focuses on modern jazz arrangements and compositions, as well as a funk/fusion group that he co-leads with his brother.
For additional information, visit his website at www.clintbleilmusic.com.
Congratulations to Clint!
*The NBA would like to thank the University of Florida Bands for their sponsorship of this contest.