Shirantha Beddage is an emerging talent who is swiftly making his mark as an accomplished saxophonist, pianist, composer, arranger, instructor and bandleader. His musicianship and professionalism have earned him the respect of many of the top jazz musicians across Canada and the United States. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Theory at the Schwob School of Music (Columbus State University, Columbus Georgia USA).
Shirantha hails from North Bay, Ontario, Canada, a city that he still considers home. Raised in a musical family, he began studying piano at the age of 5, and the saxophone at age 11. His study of the saxophone and piano led him to numerous local, regional, provincial and national music competitions in his teenage years, including the Huntington All-Star Band and Musicfest Canada. His experience as a multi-instrumentalist led him to the pit orchestras of many of North Bay's amateur and professional theatre productions, in which he conducted and performed on piano, drums, saxophones, and other woodwind instruments. His interests in jazz improvisation led him to many small-group engagements in North Bay and area, as well as an association with local blues guitarist Jake Thomas.