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Lester Ang

”As a kid I heard Sidney Bechet singing through his horn. I knew right away that I needed to tell my story that way too.”

Saxophonist/Composer Lester Ang refined the rudiments of his instrument playing a hodgepodge of genres with concert bands in his native country of Singapore. In High school, he ultimately become the Music Director/Student conductor on top of holding the soloist chair for two consecutive years (for saxophone and flute) at the Combined Schools Wind Band Festival in Singapore.

A versatile musician, Lester was recruited by the Singapore Armed Forces Music & Drama Company during his National Service, joining an alumni of notable industry wind- instrumentalists and recording artistes such as Teo Boon Chye and Fabian Lim. Familiar with both jazz and pop idioms, he served as a touring musician on diplomatic ambassadorships to Australia and has collaborated on numerous occasions with a highly eclectic mix of artists, one of whom is Dharni Ng, who held the title as Asian's Top Vocal Percussionist. He was also a regular soloist with the St. James Powerstation Jazz Orchestra, Singapore's premier jazz ensemble.

Besides his work as a soloist, Lester is actively involved in musical theater. He was a pit-musician with touring musicals such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, in which he collaborated with an all-star cast from Manila.

Lester joined the Singapore Jazz Orchestra in 2007, under the direction of Derek Tan.

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