“I’m very happy playing the instrument in both classical and in jazz settings. The instrument has a wide variety of colors and its intonation is quite flexible. The Virtuoso alto’s price places a professional level instrument in the “obtainable” range for many of my students, too. One of the advantages of playing the Virtuoso is that the modern updates to the design contribute to ease of playing without sacrificing the warmth and projection of the instrument. The instrument is well-constructed and I highly recommend it.”
Ed Bingham is Professor of Saxophone at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. A native of Knoxville, TN, he holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, The Juilliard School and the University of Kentucky. His past teachers have included Douglas Masek and Joe Allard. As a multiple woodwind artist, he has performed in a wide variety of professional venues throughout the South and the Mid-West.
At Marshall University, he has directed the Marshall University Jazz Ensembles and has coordinated two jazz festivals each year. He is a founding member of Marshall’s faculty jazz ensemble Bluetrane.
Bingham maintains an active performance schedule in addition to his teaching responsibilities at Marshall and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He is a bassoonist and saxophonist with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio Valley Symphony. For the past two years he has performed as member of America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy’s regional tour.
Bingham and his Marshall University colleagues Ann Marie Bingham and Steven Hall have recently re-formed the chamber music ensemble “Triptych”. This group, founded in the 1980s, performs contemporary music written for saxophone, clarinet and percussion. “Triptych” was featured on the program for the Biennial National Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance at Arizona State University. Triptych’s first CD is due to be released later this year.
Bingham has traveled to Brazil to perform and teach master classes at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina and the Universidade Federal de Goiás. The program for this NASA conference reflects the spirit of the music performed at the 37th Festival de Musica featuring the music of Eduardo Villani-Cortes.
VIRT1006DL | Virtuoso Alto Saxophone, Dark Lacquer