Steven Banks


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“Each note has a reason to exist…”

— Maria Callas, soprano

I believe, unabashedly, in the power of music. I experience this power daily through my own performances and projects, the growth of my students, and by witnessing its ability to connect so many people around the world.

My mission is to continue growing as a person, citizen, artist, musician, and saxophonist so that I might effectively communicate my beliefs about the genuine power of music with my audiences, students, and colleagues. I hope to continue establishing and elevating the reputation of the saxophone in the world of concert music, advocate for people from marginalized backgrounds in classical music, and give audiences meaningful experiences through sound, emotion, and dedication.

On this site, you will find upcoming events, recordings, my blog (LEFT BRAIN | RIGHT BRAIN), information about saxophone study at Ithaca College, and more. Welcome!

— Steven

Watch the video below for a brief introduction to my playing. I hope you enjoy!