Saxophonist, Multi-Instrumentalist and Music Educator, Sam Pilnick received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, studying under the tutelage of Christopher Creviston, Robert Young, Bret Zvacek, and Marsha Baxter, as well as other professors and talented musicians. After receiving his degree in May of 2014, Sam continued his studies as a Jazz Studies Major and Graduate Assistant at Western Michigan University (WMU). At WMU, Sam was the Graduate Student for acclaimed saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and has continued his studies with celebrated musicians and professors Jeremy Siskind, Scott Cowan, Keith Hall and Edward Simon. Other notable teachers include Bob Reynolds and Ron Aprea.
At the Crane School of Music, Sam could be seen performing with many different ensembles including the Crane Jazz Ensemble, Crane Latin Ensemble, Crane Concert Band and Crane New Music Ensemble, as well as various small university & community jazz groups. Sam also had the opportunity at Crane to play in master classes for members of the critically acclaimed jazz group, SFJazz Collective, revered drummer Terry Lyne Carrington and the renowned Timothy McAllister and Liz Ames Classical Saxophone/Piano Duo. Sam also taught private lessons to elementary and middle school students in the surrounding North Country area. As a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sam served as the Fraternity Education Officer and Historian, receiving the Phi Mu Alpha Junior and Senior Honor Awards in 2013 and 2014, respectfully. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in May, 2014.
Sam's tone slips between lyrical and raspy...a tenor sax whose tone suggests Wayne Shorter...There's very much a Jazz
Messengers feel this group [The Sam Pilnick Project}, a forum where young talents can show their strengths and
challenge each other. On this tune and the others, this spirit is here in abundance. - John Barrett “DJ Verve” on WIDR's