|Several EARLYJAS club members witnessed the debut of a new Dixieland band last December at the Barking Spider. As I
reported last month, the band is made up of students in the Cleveland Institute of Music. They call themselves the Any
Measure Jass Band (a play on a slogan used by CIM). The oldest musician in the band is barely 25 years old! Those of us
who were present were delighted with the band. They are fresh, exuberant and mighty talented.
The organizer and leader of the band is Glenn Crytzer. Our first look at Glenn was when he started frequenting the
Barking Spider and did some very fancy dancing to the music of the Night Owls and the Hot Jazz 7. That style of music
encouraged Glenn to start a youth band. The other musicians are: Jesse Lewis, tpt; Colleen Corning, cl; Tom Pylinski, tbn;
Jacob Adams, pno; Glenn Crytzer, bjo & vocal; and Andrew Welborn, tuba, with Matt Lefevere filling in on drums for
Nathan Cook, their regular drummer.
Here’s a bit of history about Glenn’s accomplishments.
He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct. 13, 1980. Glenn’s mother was his first cello teacher. She started him on cello when
he was eight years old. Glenn’s dad was not a professional musician but has a lovely singing voice. Those two influences
seem to have made a wonderful impression.
Glenn came to appreciate early jazz music through his dancing. He discovered that the earlier jazz styles were more
appealing and danceable than the later jazz music.
Glenn has only been playing banjo for less than a year! It turns out that his many years playing the cello made the transition
to tenor banjo a bit easier. The cello and tenor banjo are tuned the same and the fingering is the same. (Editor’s note: Does
that mean that I, as a tenor banjo player, can play the cello? No way!!)
Crytzer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from the Florida State University University where his principal
composition teacher was Ladislav Kubik. He has studied the cello with Lubomir Georgiev and Merry Peckham, and was a
frequent performer with the Florida State New Music Ensemble and the FSU Cello Ensemble. Mr. Crytzer is a currently a
graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studies composition with Margaret Brouwer. One of his
most important mentors continues to be Ellen Zwilich who was the first female Pulitzer Prize winner in composition.
Glenn’s works have been performed by the Florida State University Saxophone Quartet, as well as by students at the
Cleveland Institute of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Florida State University school of Music, faculty of the
University of Louisville, members of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the Faculty of the Florida State University.
Nocturne Fantasy, Crytzer’s first orchestral work, received a Student Composer Award in 2005 from the BMI Foundation.
His work Explorations, for two saxophones and piano, was commissioned by the Trio Bel Canto, and was premiered in
Louisville, KY in July of 2005.
Some of his other music includes works for solo cello, brass quintet, double bass and harp, string quartet, full orchestra,
even a full choir. A list of his works can be appreciated at his website: www. Glenncrytzer.com. The site also includes
downloadable samples of some of the music (including two songs performed at the Spider with his jass band.
Currently, Glenn is writing his Master’s thesis, a cello concerto for a fantastic young cellist, Joshua Roman. He’ll be
premiering the concerto with a CIM orchestra on May 3.
What’s in the future for Glenn? Likely, he will head to New York or Boston for a professional studies degree and perhaps a
doctorate. He intends to continue to write concert music. And, we hope, to play traditional jazz!
February 25, 2006 is the day of Glenn’s Master’s Composition Recital. This concert will include new works solely by Glenn
Crytzer and will feature CIM faculty, staff, alumni and guest performers. 2:30 pm, Harkness Chapel on the Case Western
Reserve University Campus.
|Earlville Association for Ragtime Lovers Yearning
for Jazz Advancement and Socialization