Justin Polyblank (baritone saxophone) resides in Springfield, VA and is a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” As part of the ceremonial element of “Pershing’s Own,” Justin performs honors in services held at Arlington National Cemetery as well as the White House, Pentagon, and other locations throughout the Military District of Washington. He has also performed in concert as a member of The United States Army Concert Band and The Army Blues jazz band. As a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C. area, Justin performs regularly within local entertainment group Entertainment Exchange, LLC as well as the Texas Chainsaw Horns and Dave Matthews cover band Crowded Streets.
Justin graduated in 2012 from Indiana University with a Master of Music degree in jazz studies and saxophone performance. While attending IU, he performed in a variety of student ensembles, including the David Baker & Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensembles, Latin Jazz Band, jazz combos, IU Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Saxophone Ensemble. In December 2011, Justin participated in Jacobs School of Music Dean Gywn Richards’ Holiday Celebration CD and holiday concert project, performing on saxophone and clarinets in a special 62-piece studio orchestra comprised of JSoM faculty and students. During the 2011-12 academic year, he served as an Associate Instructor of Saxophone for the studio of Dr. Otis Murphy.
Justin can also be heard playing alto saxophone on the nationally recognized Funk/R&B band The Main Squeeze’s debut, self-titled LP. He was a member of The Disneyland Resort 2010 All-American College Band, playing baritone saxophone for a summer in Anaheim, California and has performed in concert alongside such artists as Wayne Bergeron, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Peter Erskine, Gregg Field, and Bob Mintzer.
Originally from Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Justin graduated in 2009 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with his Bachelor of Science degree in music education. While attending IUP, he performed Claude T. Smith’s “Fantasia” with the IUP Wind Ensemble and Butler County Symphony Orchestra as well as Pierre Max Dubois’ “Concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra” with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
He remains active as an educator, serving on the faculty of the McLean School of Music in northern Virginia and teaching throughout the Fairfax County public school system. Justin’s teachers and mentors have included David Baker, Pat Harbison, Ron McCurdy, Otis Murphy, Brent Wallarab, Tom Walsh, and Keith Young. Justin’s other interests include cooking, exercising, and reading, and he is an avid fan of Pittsburgh professional sports teams.