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The Gold Coast Arts Center is proud to host so many accomplished artists from across all disciplines, who share their talents in educating and inspiring our students. All of our teaching artists are working professionals in their respective fields.

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Instructor Spotlight: Sam Dillon

Sam DillonSam Dillon is a New York based saxophonist, woodwind player, bandleader, composer and teacher.

Sam has been privileged to play with some of the world’s finest musicians including Al Grey, Joe Chambers and Randy Brecker.  Some of Sam’s most noteworthy performances include The Joe Chambers “Moving Pictures” Jazz Orchestra @Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Smoke Big Band, The Jason Marshal Big Band, The Captain Black Big Band, The Artie Shaw Jazz Orchestra, The Cecilia Coleman Big Band, The Paris Wight Quintet, and The Sam Dillon Quartet.  In 2013, Sam was selected as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition where he performed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

In addition to performing, Sam teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, harmony and jazz improvisation.  He has also conducted several instrumental master classes and workshops for schools and summer programs around the tri-state area.  In 2009, Sam received his Masters Degree in music performance from SUNY Purchase Collage.  Visit Sam’s website at