Travis Sullivan

Saxophone Teacher at The Columbia School

Greater New York City Area

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Travis Sullivan's Overview

  • Saxophone Teacher at The Columbia School
  • Music Instructor at Westchester Home Music
  • Adjunct Faculty, Music Instructor at The Masters School
  • bandleader at Travis Sullivan's Casual Sextet
  • Arranger, bandleader, and saxophonist at Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra
  • Freelance music copyist & transcriber. at Travis Sullivan Music
  • Composer, arranger, orchestrator at Travis Sullivan Music
  • Saxophonist/Pianist at Rana Farhan
  • Jazz Faculty at Cazadero Performing Arts Camp
  • Saxophonist at The Bruce Cox Quartet
  • Participant at NYFA Artist as Entrepreneurs Boot Camp
  • Alto saxophonist at Dan Berg's Gestalt
  • Musical director at Bill Bogg's Talk Show Confidential
  • Saxophonist & Bandleader at Travis Sullivan Quartet
  • Choir accompanist at Mamaroneck School District
  • Conductor at Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
  • Conductor at Reykjavik Big Band
  • Keyboard Instructor at LaGuardia Community College
  • associate at Posi-Tone Records /A.O.M.
  • Sideman at Anti-Elevator Mission
  • Pit orchestra musician at St. Bart's Players
  • Pit orchestra musician at St. Bart's Players
  • Musician at Swedish American Chamber of Commerce - New York
  • Guest artist & speaker at Peabody Conservatory
  • Jazz Faculty at Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop
  • Conductor at Sicilian Jazz Orchestra

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Travis Sullivan's Summary

•International Touring Artist: Performances in Dubai, China, South Korea, Iceland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany.
•Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra: Leader, conductor, arranger, saxophonist.
•Clients for Travis Sullivan Music arranging, orchestration, transcription, and copying services have included David Foster, Stanley Clarke, John Lithgow, Elie Tahari, ESPN, Hal Leonard, and Music Minus One.
•Freelance musician: alto saxophonist, pianist, and composer for past 18 years in U.S., Europe, and Asia.
•Professional music educator: Provide private and group instruction, clinics, workshops, and seminars.
•Specialties: Conducting, jazz arranging and orchestration, jazz composition, jazz pianist, classical pianist, vocal accompanist (solo & choral), church organist and pianist, band management, music copying (Finale), music transcription, web site management.

Travis Sullivan's Experience

Saxophone Teacher

The Columbia School

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) Greater New York City Area

I teach a weekly saxophone class for 11 5th grade beginners.

Music Instructor

Westchester Home Music

September 2011Present (3 years 1 month) Greater New York City Area

Provide private instruction in student's home, teaching piano, saxophone, flute, and clarinet.

Adjunct Faculty, Music Instructor

The Masters School

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

September 2011Present (3 years 1 month) Greater New York City Area

Provide private music instruction for piano and saxophone.


Travis Sullivan's Casual Sextet

2006Present (8 years)

Performances in NYC at: ShapeShifter Lab, Fat Cat, Joe's Pub

Arranger, bandleader, and saxophonist

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra

September 2004Present (10 years 1 month)

•Manages, conducts, and performs with 18 piece jazz orchestra.
•Supervises integration of Ableton Live, Logic, and Reaktor programming into ensemble.
•Schedules and coordinates rehearsals.
•Maintains website and social networking sites.
•Serves as the band’s lead spokesperson for radio, print, and digital media appearances .
•Arranges travel and accommodations for tours in U.S. Northeast & West Coast and Europe.
•Extensive communication with music industry professionals nationally and internationally.
•Co-produced debut CD “Enjoy” with Grammy Award-winning producer Jason Miles.

Freelance music copyist & transcriber.

Travis Sullivan Music

2003Present (11 years) Greater New York City Area

•Commissioned professional transcriptions of solo piano performances by Art Tatum, Dave Brubeck, Fred Hersch, Billy Taylor, Cedar Walton, and John Eaton. (2009-present)
•Music copyist for John Lithgow’s “The Sunny Side of the Street” album. (2006)
•Copyist and engraver for Music Minus One. Prepared sheet music and songbooks for resale.
•Lead transcriber for Hal Leonard Publications “The Eric Dolphy Collection” (2001).

Composer, arranger, orchestrator

Travis Sullivan Music

September 1998Present (16 years 1 month)

•Commissioned arranger for The Metropolitan Big Band. Projects have included: eight big band arrangements, and a full set of arrangements for the 2002 Haitian Independence Day celebration at Queen's College. *(2002-present)

•Orchestrated and arranged string score for David Foster performance on ABC Network’s “Good Morning America”. (2009)

•Orchestrated and arranged score for the 2008 major motion picture Soul Men. Soundtrack composed by film composer Stanley Clarke. Provided assistance with score supervision during recording session. (2007)
•Prepared the music of Seal for Yamaha Diskclavier for fashion company Elie Tahari. (2006)

•Arrangement of Joni Mitchell's "Turbulent Indigo" performed by The Four Bags for all Joni Mitchell concert at Symphony Space, NYC. (2002)
•Original composition for accordion, trombone, clarinet, and electric guitar, "Last Tango in NYC" recorded by The Four Bags for their NCM East Release "Offshore". (2001)
•Original arrangement of Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby" recorded on Johanna Grussner's Manhattan Jazz Orchestra CD "Live at Hubbard Hall". (1999)


Rana Farhan

20082014 (6 years)

Jazz Faculty

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp

20032014 (11 years)

-Supervised saxophone auditions for incoming students.
-Assessed saxophone students for placement in concert band & jazz band.
-Assisted guest conductors in rehearsals and performances.
-Instructor for saxophone master class and jazz improvisation class.
-Coached student ensembles and provided private instruction.
-Composed and organized performance of "Caz! The Musical."
-Collaborated and performed with faculty members for faculty recitals.


The Bruce Cox Quartet

20102010 (less than a year)


NYFA Artist as Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

20102010 (less than a year)

Alto saxophonist

Dan Berg's Gestalt

20092010 (1 year)

Musical director

Bill Bogg's Talk Show Confidential

20062010 (4 years)

Saxophonist & Bandleader

Travis Sullivan Quartet

20002010 (10 years)

-Released two albums with original compositions: "As We Speak" and "New Directions."
-Performances in New York City have included: Iridium, Joe's Pub, and Smalls Jazz Club.

Choir accompanist

Mamaroneck School District

September 2008May 2009 (9 months)

-Pianist for elementary, middle, and high school choirs.
-Attends weekly rehearsals.
-Performs with students for Winter and Spring Concerts.
-Pianist for school musicals.


Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

November 2008December 2008 (2 months)

WDR Jazz Festival, Cologne, Germany


Reykjavik Big Band

August 2008September 2008 (2 months)

Reykjavik Jazz Festival

Keyboard Instructor

LaGuardia Community College

February 2008September 2008 (8 months)

Teacher for beginning keyboard class for children ages five to nine
Two hour class with nine students enrolled
Basic instruction in keyboard technique and music theory


Posi-Tone Records /A.O.M.

20072008 (1 year)

Released full length album:"New Directions" in 2011.


Anti-Elevator Mission

20052008 (3 years)

Performances in NYC at: Tagine, Barbes, The Knitting Factory.

Pit orchestra musician

St. Bart's Players

20042008 (4 years)

Played Keyboard 2 part for productions of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Mame."
Played alto saxophone, flute & clarinet for productions of "Merrily We Roll Along" and a "Kander & Ebb Revue."

Pit orchestra musician

St. Bart's Players

20042008 (4 years)

Played woodwinds & second keyboard parts on several productions.


Swedish American Chamber of Commerce - New York

20002008 (8 years)

Guest artist & speaker

Peabody Conservatory

September 2007September 2007 (1 month)

Speaker for Composition Seminar
Provided a 90 minute discussion of my work with Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra
Presented scores and played audio recordings of my arrangements
Attended by entire composition department student body and faculty

Jazz Faculty

Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop

August 2006August 2007 (1 year 1 month)

Saxophone Faculty, August 2007
Taught daily saxophone master class for intermediate level students
Led class in beginning jazz arranging.
Coached an eight piece beginning student jazz ensemble.
Piano Faculty, August 2006
Taught daily piano master class for advanced students.
Instructor for daily intermediate level theory class.
Coached a nine piece advanced student jazz ensemble.
Organized performances with other faculty members for the students.


Sicilian Jazz Orchestra

February 2007February 2007 (1 month)

"Dedicated to Bjork" performance

Travis Sullivan's Languages

  • French

Travis Sullivan's Honors and Awards

  • Assets for Artists Matched Savings Program

    Midas Collaborative
    • April 2013

    Selected to participate in matched savings account program for New York City artists.

Travis Sullivan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Orchestral Music
  2. Composition
  3. Band
  4. Music Theory
  5. Recording
  6. Songs
  7. Musical Theatre
  8. Music Industry
  9. Improvisation
  10. Piano
  11. Music
  12. Conducting
  13. Jazz
  14. Classical
  15. Vocal
  16. Orchestration
  17. Sound
  18. Saxophone
  19. Teaching

Travis Sullivan's Education

Banff Jazz Workshop

Jazz/Jazz Studies


Activities and Societies: Ear Training & Composition with Dave Douglas Assembled big band for recording session of original arrangements. Performed at the Banff Jazz Club.

Manhattan School of Music

M.M, Jazz Performance


Activities and Societies: MSM Jazz Orchestra, Private Study with Dick Oatts

University of New Hampshire

B.S, Biochemistry


Activities and Societies: Jazz Band

Travis Sullivan's Additional Information


jazz, improvisation, composition, arranging, saxophone, piano, classical music

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Honors and Awards:

NYFA 2010 Artists as Entrepreneurs Boot Camp
NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship
Participant for the 2008 Banff Jazz Workshop

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