Glenn Picture Musical Director Glenn Crytzer's background includes both classical music and jazz. He earned his Bachelor of Music in classical composition from the Florida State University in 2003 and a Master of Music in classical composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2006. Crytzer's classical works have been programmed by the American Modern Ensemble, the Hachidori Duo, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and more. In 2005 he was awarded a BMI Student Composer Award for his Orchestral piece "Nocturne Fantasy."
While studying at Florida State he took up swing dance as a hobby and has been dancing for over 11 years. Through dance, Glenn became interested in classic jazz and took up the banjo in 2005. Encouraged by a warm welcome in the Cleveland early jazz scene, Crytzer soon founded The Any Measure Jazz Band with fellow students at the Cleveland Institute of Music. After moving to Seattle in 2006, Crytzer began seeking out musicians to form the Syncopators a band which would uphold the stylistic integrity of the music of the jazz and swing eras.
Crytzer switched to guitar in 2008 and founded the Blue Rhythm Band, the big band counterpart to the Syncopators. Since that time he has continued to refine the bands' style while writing new songs and arrangements in the vintage style. Harlem Mad, the Syncopators‘ debut album, will feature 20 original songs composed by Crytzer during 2009 and 2010.
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Save these dates in 2013:
— April 19-21
Red Hot Blues 'n BBQ
— May 24-27
— October 11-13