About Arman Sangalang
Arman is a Graduate Assistant at Northern Illinois University, in Dekalb, Illinois. His fields of study are in jazz saxophone, composition, and education. While at NIU he assists in coaching several jazz combos and ensembles and is studying privately with Geof Bradfield.
Arman completed his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May 2020 where he studied with Greg Ward, Tom Walsh, and Walter Smith III. While at IU, Arman played in IU Jazz Ensemble I which competed in the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. The ensemble earned 2nd place competing with nine of the best Jazz colleges in the US. He has also played for the Grammy-Nominated Singing Hoosiers, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban, John Raymond, and Supersax Ensembles.
Throughout his career, he’s had the honor of playing with notable jazz artists such as John Raymond, Dave Stryker, Todd Coolman, and Jeremy Allen.
Arman has led a few projects like the Maté Trio and the Sangalang/Fain duo which regularly played at local venues throughout Indiana. He has also been a sideman on projects including the Zachary Finnegan Quintet, Albion West, Clark Hunt’s Drive-By Big Band, and the Good Fight Big Band. These opportunities have led him to perform at notable venues including The Jazz Kitchen, Taste of Bloomington, the B’Town Jazz Festival, The Bishop and many more.
In addition to being an active performer, Arman has a passion for education and working with young sax students. While attending Indiana University he taught private lessons at Stafford Music Academy in Bloomington, IN. His teaching philosophy is to help students find a balance between what they enjoy in music while also challenging them to go outside their comfort zones. Arman will work with students to help develop their improv skills.