Born into a musical family in Gilroy, California, Greg first began studying classical saxophone with William Trimble at San Jose State University, who helped prepare him for the numerous regional and state-wide honor bands which he routinely participated in (including the Santa Clara County Honor Band, NCBA All-Northern Honor Band, and CBDA All-State Honor Band). While attending UCLA on a scholarship awarded by the American Youth Symphony, Greg studied with Douglas Masek, one of the premier classical saxophonists on the west coast. He was also fortunate enough to have been a recipient of the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship, to have been one of the winners of the Atwater-Kent All-Star Concerto Competition, and to have had the privilege to be able to take a lesson with Eric Marienthal.
Furthermore, Greg has
recorded at Capitol Records, participated in the Idyllwild Arts Summer
festival, taught music in Compton with the Music Partnership Program,
and performed in masterclasses with Greg Banaszak and Gary Keller. Greg
has just received his B.A. in Saxophone Performance from UCLA and is
currently working towards his M.M. in Music Performance. In addition to
all of the saxophonists who have profoundly influenced him first hand,
Greg has also been highly influenced by the playing of David Sanborn,
Dave Koz, Michael Lington, Steve Cole, Warren Hill, and Gerald Albright.