Currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music, saxophonist Kevin Supina was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania. Kevin first began playing alto saxophone at age 8, and picked up tenor, baritone, and soprano during middle school and high school. He was a featured soloist with the State College Area High School Jazz Band, appearing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz a Juan, and Jazz a Vienne. In 2009, at the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kevin was named an Outstanding Alto Saxophone Soloist and had the opportunity to play alongside JALC member Sean Jones.
In 2009, Kevin was selected as the Baritone Saxophonist for the Music Educator’s National Conference All-Eastern Jazz Band, where he worked under the direction of Sherrie Maricle and performed with The Boston Brass. He was also named a finalist for the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2008 and 2009.
Kevin has had the opportunity to play, study and perform with many great musicians, including: Joe Temperley, Sherrie Maricle, The Boston Brass, Todd Coolman, Sean Jones, Walter Blanding, Erica von Kleist, Gary Dial, Greg Jasperse, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Chris Vadala, and Matt Niess.
Kevin is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance and studies with Steve Wilson and Gary Dial.
Soprano: Yamaha 875EX, Selmer Super Session F, Vandoren 2 1/2
Alto: Yamaha 82Z Silver, Meyer 5M, Vandoren JAVA 3 1/2
Tenor: Yamaha 82Z Silver, Dukoff D6 (but trying lots of others), JAVA 3 1/2
Baritone: Yanagisawa 901, Vandoren B35, Vandoren 2 1/2