Home > Faculty > Dan St. Marseille


Dan St. Marseille, MM

Director of Jazz Studies / Associate Director of Bands
Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies
Conductor, CBU Jazz Ensemble
Applied Faculty

Mr. St. Marseille is a renowned Jazz saxophonist/clarinetist who plays in the tradition of all the jazz legends. Employing a warm tone and melodic approach, he has won praise from jazz critics worldwide and has worked with many major jazz and commercial artists and bands.


Dan's recordings are heard internationally on jazz radio and have been the subject of articles in such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Japan's Jazz Critic magazine, France’s International Herald Tribune, among others. St. Marseille's recordings have received four star ratings in the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz; The Experts Guide to the Best Jazz.


Mr. St. Marseille is a sought-after Jazz performer and director as well as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist. In addition to performances on numerous local and national tours, Dan has performed in Europe, Canada and many jazz clubs and festivals including a headline performance at the prestigious Coleman Hawkins Festival in Topeka, Kansas. In addition, in May of 2001, Dan was the music director for an international event entitled Clickin' with Clax at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Beyond performing, Dan has established himself as a Jazz composer of distinction, with his Claxography, written for renowned jazz photographer William Claxton, chosen as the title of Claxton's book of photographs in which Dan also appears.


In addition, Dan is the director of the Instrumental Music Conservatory at the celebrated Orange County School of the Arts and has held positions as jazz ensemble director at Irvine Valley College and California State University Fullerton (CSUF). For over twenty years he has been on the faculty for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Intensive where Dan has taught classes in improvisation, music theory, and jazz ensemble, and has been guest artist and clinician at various schools abroad.


Dan’s students are recipients of many notable awards and honors including Downbeat Student Awards, Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Women in Jazz Combo, Jazz Band of America, Young Arts, and numerous outstanding musicianship awards at major jazz festivals.


Dan holds a B.M in Clarinet Performance from Chapman University, and a M.M. in Saxophone Performance with Jazz Studies Emphasis from California State University Fullerton. His private teachers include George Waln, David Atkins, Gary Foster, and Arthur Hoberman.