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Samuel Fagaly

Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone

Sam Fagaly is the Director of Jazz Studies at Eastern Illinois University. He conducts the EIU Jazz Ensemble and is Professor of Saxophone. He also teaches jazz theory, jazz history, and Jazz Band Techniques. Under his direction, the EIU Jazz Ensemble has performed at IAJE, IMEA, and with numerous guest artists such as Joe Williams, Snooky Young and many others. He has been active as a clinician and guest soloist throughout the nation and has been featured at the Region V North American Saxophone Alliance Conference performing in both classical and jazz styles. He has performed as a featured soloist with many distinguished Jazz artists including J.J. Johnson, Bobby Shew, and Sarah Vaughan. Before coming to EIU, he was a member of the United States Air Force Band of the West. Dr. Fagaly earned his Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with Roger Greenberg and Gene Aitken. He received his bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida and his M.M. degree from Louisiana State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Jazz
  • Music

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-6628
Email: swfagaly@eiu.edu