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The Russ Becker Woodwind Studio starts its 27th consecutive Fall Term teaching schedule for clarinet students on September 10, 2017. The fourteen week term extends to the start of the winter holidays, December 23, with a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday.  In addition to my private clarinet students, I will once again be conducting one hour long group lessons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year clarinet students.  The session includes a group lesson, individual instruction, a music listening and discussion segment, and ends with an ensemble rehearsal putting the new skills into a real musical context immediately.  It's really fun for the kids, as well as myself, and very inexpensive for parents.  Please see my Teaching page for details. 

The Russ Becker/Stephen Roane Duo just completed an ambitious project of selecting, arranging and recording thirteen pieces composed by American Jazz masters Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (see album below) and are getting some incredibly positive feedback about both the unique arrangements and the performance. 

The Flying Particles trio featuring master musicians Bob Nasta, Kevin O'Neil and Russ Becker will once again be performing their own original musical score live to a classic vintage black and white silent move presentation on Friday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at deKoven House, 27 Washington Street, Middletown, CT. This year's film will be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore and Martha Mansfield.  All proceeds from this performance go to Artists for World Peace.  Tickets available at

Once again, thank you to the many of you who responded to my poetic tribute to President Obama (see Lyrics & Poetry) earlier this year.  I wrote a musical score for voice and instruments that was to be performed in May, but am now rewriting for full choir and chamber ensemble and am thrilled this will be conducted by John Lame and performed at the Morgan School in Clinton in the fall as part of a program of works by distinctly American composers.  Details will be posted in September.

If you are not on my mailing list for performance, recording, or teaching updates, please get in touch by going to my Contact page.

I also continue to perform and compose music in a variety of styles and settings, and have recently been blessed with some fine performances of my original chamber music and requests to write more.  In addition to concert settings, my music has been written and performed for weddings, bar mitzvahs, holiday settings, poems, love letters, and more. A unique, original, and special piece of music is the ultimate addition for a unique and special occasion or event.  Contact me to discuss the possibilities!

Please check out our Calendar for the array of shows, concerts and other musical festivities happening this season. 

Thanks for supporting the arts in our community and thanks for visiting

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Dr Jekyll copy

Russ Becker and Stephen Roane
Play the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

Ellington Strayhorn
Ellington Strayhorn

 Russ Becker and Stephen Roane began a project in March to pay musical tribute to two great American Jazz Masters, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.  The result is thirteen incredible works uniquely arranged, performed, and recorded by Russ and Steve for educational and concert programming.  Contact Russ if you would like a copy.


"The Duo"

The Duo of Russ Becker and Steve Roane are available for events, festivals, concerts, programs and private parties where fine music is appreciated.

Whether it be jazz, blues and standards at a pub or private party with guitar and clarinet or our unique originals and arrangements in concert settings with a wide variety of string and woodwind instruments. 
"The Duo" has become a favorite of discerning listeners and music lovers.  Click on  Performance & Ensembles  and Calendar for bookings and upcoming events.  Our recordings are available for sale on the Recordings page.

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copy87_Silver Buddha

Artists for World Peace is an organization that provides food, medical and dental care, business and educational opportunities, and dedicated to providing hope to those in need.

Click here to listen to "Druid Theater".

For a donation of $15.00 or more, I will send a free copy of "The Flying Particles" latest recording, "SILVER BUDDHA".

Please make check or money order payable to "Artists for World Peace" and mail it to: Russ Becker, 13 Post Office Square, Clinton, CT 06463.

Please visit their website at

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Russ Becker (Photo by Joan Levy)

Instrumentalist, Composer, Teacher

Russ Becker Woodwind Studio

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Clinton, CT 06413

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A prolific composer and song writer, Russ's music has been featured on WNET, local and regional radio and television, and has been commissioned by theatre companies, churches, schools, singers and instrumentalists.

Songbird Yellow
Songbird Yellow

"Last Songbird"

For Clarinet Quartet
by Russ Becker

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