Austin Yancey

Performer, Educator, Composer, Arranger


Born into a musical family, Austin Yancey started his journey with sound at the age of 8. Enamored by his father's capacity for music, Austin began to play the Piano and shortly after the Clarinet. At age 11, Austin's family brought him to see his first concert - 'Tower Of Power' live at the Sun Coast in Las Vegas, NV. Here Austin heard the powerful sounds of 'Doc' Kupka, and instantly fell in love with the Baritone Saxophone. After graduating from high school Austin attended California State University Northridge. Here, he was able to study with some of the heaviest musicians in the Greater Los Angeles Area; including, Rob Lockart, Gary Pratt, Matt Harris, and John Daversa. These extraordinary musicians became pillars to Austin's goals as a well rounded musician. Upon graduating from California State Northridge, Austin was admitted into The New England Conservatory under scholarship in Boston, MA. Here, Austin was able to study with world class musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Frank Carlberg, Miguel Zenon, and Ken Schaphorst. Such an elite group of musicians and educators have forever altered Austin's perception of music and presence within the music scene - locally, and globally. Since graduating with his Masters Degree, Austin has been on several national and global tours, including: Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes U.S. National Tour, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the national tour of Mel Brooks' "The Producers." Austin gigs frequently in the Greater New England Area with a myriad of different groups and genres. Most notably with Aretha Franklin at the Blue Hills Pavilion in Boston, MA. Austin is always looking for new ways to push himself as a multi instrumentalist in an ever evolving musical, educational and social scene. Keep an eye out! There are some great things on the horizon.