Allen Wittig is a professional musician with over 35 years of experience as a composer, arranger, saxophonist, jazz ensemble director and producer. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors Degree in Humanities from the University of Maryland. He studied music theory, composition, saxophone and flute at the Universities of Memphis, Akron and Kent prior to accepting a position with the United States Air Force Band career field in 1985 as a music arranger and saxophonist. Over the course of 26 years with the Air Force Band, Mr. Wittig wrote approximately 500 arrangements for concert band, jazz ensemble, pop/rock ensembles, brass and woodwind quintets. He also was named Jazz Ensemble Music Director at each of his five postings while serving in the USAF, leading bands in hundreds of concerts in the US and Europe, including appearances at the Berks Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown-Dupont Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival. He has performed on stage with Clark Terry, Allan Vizzutti, Mulgrew Miller, Jiggs Whigam, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Hope, Diane Carroll, the Four Tops, and the Platters. His composition for jazz ensemble Armando’s Big Band was published in 2012 by Alfred/Belwin-Mills Music, while two earlier jazz ensemble compositions, The Adventures of Mort Chunko and Raskolnikov’s Boogie had been published in 1986 by Ludwig Music. Mr. Wittig also produced three jazz CDs for the USAF while contributing arrangements to two others. He currently leads and performs with Eclipse Jazz Quartet. Mr. Wittig is now working on a masters degree in music composition at Shenandoah Conservatory with New York composer, David T Little.