Berklee Summer in the CityToby Forman
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Alto Saxophonist Toby Forman, 22, grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. Throughout high school he participated in many prestigious musical groups such as the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, Northeast District wind and jazz ensembles, and the All State Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. He was awarded outstanding soloist awards at such festivals UNH Jazz Festival and the Massachusetts IAJE high school jazz festival. He has performed at such prestigious festivals as the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition and the Monterey High School Jazz Competition. In his senior year, he was selected to the national Grammy Jazz Ensemble, where he played at events such the Grammy Salute to Jazz, and the 2009 Grammy Awards. Toby has performed and worked with such artists as McCoy Tyner, Christian Scott, Greg Osby, Makoto Ozone, Phil Wilson, Steve Wilson, Vincent Herring, and Jaleel Shaw. Forman has performed at venues such as the Regatta Bar, Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, and the Staples Center.
After high school he spent one year studying jazz saxophone at Manhattan School of Music. He then transferred to Berklee College of Music so that he could pursue a career as a music educator. At Berklee, Forman has a few private students as well as helps out with the Lexington Middle School’s “Jazz in the Middle” program. Forman feels that with his vast performance experience and his passion for teaching, Berklee has been the perfect destination for him to pursue his goals.