Qualifications: B.A. Music Performance on Saxophone from the University of West Florida; studied Jazz Improvisation at the Georgia State University. In addition to teaching private lessons for the last 12 years Rodney has also instructed students in saxophone clarinet and jazz improvisation at the West Florida School of Music Spivey School of Music Booker T. Washington High School and is currently teaching at Playground Music Center in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Background: Rodney began studying music at the age of 11 when introduced to the saxophone during middle school band. Since then he has avidly studied a wide variety of instruments and music theories. Although well-versed in classical theory it is jazz that he truly loves to perform and study. In particular he enjoys pushing the boundaries of contemporary jazz. He has performed before thousands in the southeast region and tries to inspire others to learn and reach their fullest musical potential. Rodney also performs at various events including weddings private parties restaurants and clubs. Accomplishments: Rodney records group and solo performances in numerous bands. He has played with several local musicians and bands including Shades of Blue the Eastside Westside Players The Joe Occhipinti Big Band Shades Desert Jinn Favor Reed Waddle Chief Soul Kitchen Lawrence Young P.J. Young Jason Gaines Sal Salaz Chris Gardner Jordache Grant and Ed Lanier. At UWF Rodney coordinated the Jazz Combo and Saxophone Quartet. At Georgia State Rodney was lead alto in the Wind Ensemble and also ran a Jazz Combo and Saxophone Quartet.
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