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Jazz: Bebop Moods: Featuring Saxophone Brazilian: Bossa Nova

By Location
United States - Washington DC

Ron Diehl

Ron Diehl attended West Chester State University and studied privately with Tom Heinze, Fred Greenawalt, Joe Allard and world renowned artist Phil Woods. In 1965, Ron became a member of the United States Naval Academy Band performing on saxophone, bassoon, flute and piccolo. In 1973, Ron was selected to play with the Navy's official jazz ensemble, the Commodores. He held the position of lead sax until June, 1991. He has toured the United States, Scotland, Iceland and South America. For 22 years, Ron was Director of Jazz Bands and instructor of saxophone at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He was also the Director of Jazz Bands at Towson University for two years.

Ron has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, West River Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, 219 Club, The Haven and the Corcoran Art Gallery Jazz series. Ron also performs Pops concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff. Ron has played lead alto for the Jimmy Dorsey, Ray Anthony, Billy May and Lee Castle's Glen Miller Orchestra.

Ron serves as a clinician, teaches master classes, guest conducts and performs with area colleges and high schools. He is a published author "Ron Diehl's 25 Jazz Excerpts", book and CD guide and "Alternate Fingerings - For a New Dimension in Saxophone Playing" A method book for playing the muted sounds and lip shakes used in jazz soloing. He has also been published in the "Saxophone Journal" and featured educator in "Jazz Times" Magazine.