On July 6, 2012, I opened my email and found that I had been accepted to the Conn-Selmer Performing Artist and Clinician roster.  The email was dated July 5th – my dad, Clifford LeRoy Burnett’s birthday!  I had actually applied for this more than 10 years ago and had not heard anything beyond “your credentials look good”.  But, I can imagine how many professional saxophonists who play Selmer (Paris) apply each year – likely thousands.  Anyway, I am totally excited about being an official Selmer (Paris) Saxophone Artist.  This is great news and an opportunity to do more clinics at schools, etc.


The last two years have ushered in many changes in my personal life and family.  With the thoughtfulness, consideration and prayers from so many people, we have come out of that season of challenges stronger as a family and as individuals.  Now, I must make some changes professionally. Life is always change.  There are, however, also often periods of major paradigm shifts like this one though.  

I have been teaching 30-minutes lessons to twenty to forty students individually each week at the Tune Shop in Leavenworth for over a decade.  However, I will be reducing my private teaching practice significantly because my professional time is scheduled almost entirely differently in that regard as an artist now.  And, I am looking forward to a couple of research projects I have in mind while taking a sabbatical from this type of teaching environment.

But, I will be doing more master classes and clinics, which I really enjoy – and, thus concentrating primarily on jazz subjects.  I will also have the time needed to record professionally and perform more concerts again.


I will be able to teach some lessons in conjunction with my continued work with the Kansas City Youth Jazz program.  But, primarily that work will continue with giving woodwind group master classes on the music the bands play, along with teaching the afternoon combo program.  Growing a new generation of improvisers …


I have inquired about teaching master classes and lessons at the American Jazz Museum campus as well.  This has a lot of potential.  I am very excited about the prospects.


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