|BRIAN SPARKS is a saxophone soloist of international distinction whose venues include the American Academy in Rome , the Manoel Theatre in Valetta , Malta , the Instituto de Bellas Artes in Morellia , Mexico and Octobersky Hall, St. Petersburg , Russia .
He has performed with the New York Pops as Saxophonist, Bass Clarinetist with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Lakewood Philharmonic, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and as Saxophone soloist with the U.S. Navy Band, U.S.Coast Guard Band, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra, where he performed Ed Miller's *Concerto for Alto Saxophone. He has studied saxophone with such teachers as Daniel Deffayet of the Paris Conservatory/ Academié d'éte , Joseph Allard of the NBC Symphony/Manhattan School of Music, Tom Nyfinger of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra/Cleveland Symphony/Yale School of Music, Harvey Pittel of California State University at Fullerton/University of Southern California, Ray Pizzi , a Los Angeles Recording Studio Artist. His clarinet teachers include: Kalmon Bloch, Los Angeles Philharmonic; David Atkins, Pasadena Symphony/Westwood Wind Quintet, and Joseph Allard, NBC Symphony/ Manhattan School of Music/The Julliard School.
A native of California , Sparks has served on the faculty of the University of California at Irvine , Chapman University , Loma Linda University , East Los Angeles College , University of Rhode Island , and the Community College of Rhode Island .