Alto saxophonist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Krock began his musical career at an early age. Before discovering his love of jazz music, he studied classical guitar and piano. His first attempts at composing were made in the 7th grade, when he recorded an entire album of original heavy-metal music on a digital recorder. He began seriously studying jazz music in high school, inspiring him to pursue a career dedicated to creating music. A recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, Brian was a student of world-renowned jazz composer Jim McNeely and classical composer Dr. J. Mark Stambaugh. In 2012 he was awarded the Manhattan Prize in Composition for his String Quartet No. 1 (2010), and in 2012 he was award an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. As Composer-in-Residence at the Bloomingdale School of Music last fall, he wrote a plethora of music which he plans to record in the coming year. Brian’s band, Life Size, kicked off 2014 with a tour of the Northeast in support of their debut record, Bright!