Meet the Musician
Chief Musician Jonathan R. Yanik,
Chief Musician Jonathan Yanik, the Navy Band's principal saxophonist, is in demand across the world as a performer, teacher and guest clinician. Yanik has been a soloist with the Navy Band on more than 100 high-visibility concerts in 25 states. He has performed with such varied groups as the National Philharmonic, UrbanArias, Inscape chamber orchestra, Doc Scantlin’s Imperial Palms jazz orchestra and the Navy Band Saxophone Quartet. Yanik was a featured soloist at the 2015 Saxophone Congress and Festival in Strasbourg, France, performing David Biedenbender’s “Dreams in the Dusk” with La Garde Républicaine (Paris). He was also the grand prize winner of the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition in 2008.
A highly regarded teacher and guest clinician, Yanik has presented classes at the Midwest Clinic, Brevard Music Festival, University of Georgia, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, Penn State University, Texas A&M, University of Mississippi and Youngstown State University, as well as many others. He has also served as adjunct professor of saxophone at Towson University.
Yanik earned a Master of Music with the highest honors from University of Michigan, where he studied classical and jazz performance with Donald Sinta and Andrew Bishop, and a Bachelor of Music Education with high distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Otis Murphy.