Upon his arrival into the Winnipeg music scene in 2016, Sean Irvine has quickly developed a reputation as a first call performer, composer, and technician of the woodwind family. Primarily as a saxophonist, Irvine is also an accomplished flutist, clarinetist, and oboist.
As a sessional recording artist, Irvine has made appearances in recordings alongside the Royal Canoe, Finn, Derrick Gardner, and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (amongst others). With his flexibility to capture character and tone behind the various woodwind instruments, Irvine has accompanied the likes of the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Ron Paley Big Band, Jeff Presslaff Septet, Steve Kirby's Oceanic Orchestra, Papa Mambo, Jon Gordon, Jimmy Greene and Scotty Barnhart in live settings. Amongst his work as a sessional musician, Irvine also holds prominent roles with a number of project including the Winnipeg Jazz Collective, Still Crazy: Paul Simons Tribute, Big City All Stars Band, and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.
Irvine’s new project, the Oak & Alley Band saw its debut at the 2017 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. Comprised of staple musicians from the Winnipeg music scene, the collective presented original works of Irvine’s inspired by the voices of jazz, folk, third stream, world, and funk.
A highly sought after educator, Irvine has regularly worked with a variety ensembles and students as an adjudicator, leader, and mentor. Irvine’s first teaching experiences were spent as a Woodwind Instructor with the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music. In Summer 2015, Irvine was the program Co-ordinator and Founder of the first Brandon Music Conservatory Saxophone Camp (Brandon, MB). The program introduced Junior High students interested in learning the saxophone to the instrument; helping them to develop a fundamental skill set and familiarity over the span of a week. The program has continued to see a great deal of success in its subsequent years. Irvine has also worked as an Artist Director for community projects like the East Side Jazz Band, Educational Assistant with Pembina Trails high school music programs, along with teaching Woodwind techniques and music ensembles (Big Band/ Small Jazz Ensembles) during his time at Brandon University. Irvine had also spent several years as the director of Woodwinds with the Winnipeg El Sistema music outreach program; in conjunction with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. in his time with the Sistema program, Irvine had structured the woodwind education format and worked to continue developing the program with the addition of the Oboe and program testing formats in his first year. The program sought to introduce elementary students to the various woodwind instrument present within the classical orchestra setting (flute, oboe, clarinet).
Sean Irvine is a proud SeaWind Saxophone Artist; performing on the PJ Perry Edition Alto Saxophone and Phil Dwyers edition Tenor, Baritone, & Soprano Saxophones.
Bachelor of Performance, Jazz Saxophone, Brandon University
Post Bachelor Performance Diploma, University of Manitoba
Masters of Music, Performance and Literature (Composition and Jazz), Brandon University