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Vibing out with Coffin

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Grammy award winning saxophone player and Maine native Jeff Coffin will be bringing his amazing talents and vast musical knowledge to Main Street Music Studios in Bangor this weekend. Main Street Music Studios will play host to one of Coffin's world-renowned music clinics, which will take place Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. for free.

Coffin has performed with - and joined the ranks of - some of the most incredible musicians in the world. He's most known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Mu'tet, and is currently working with Dave Matthews Band. Coffin, originally from Dexter, Maine, started playing music at a young age and eventually wound up attending the University of New Hampshire. From there he went on to study at the University of North Texas, and graduated with a B.A. in music education. In 1997 he became a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and from here his musical career would take off. He has since won a Grammy played with some amazing musicians, has his own band known as the Mu'tet and is a full-time touring member of the Dave Matthews Band.

Andrew Clifford, owner of Maine Street Music Studios, first met Coffin when he came to do an artist in residency program at Nokomis High School, where Clifford was a student. "I was in the big band and had just switched to drums, and when he came up it was incredible. We had a blast playing together; it was like we went from being a high school band and turned into musicians. He has that vibe.

'We were able to keep in touch over the years and never lost contact really which was nice. I presented [the idea of the clinic] to him, and if he would be in the state, and I threw the idea at him, if he had time and if he was willing, and he said he was down."

One of the best things about Coffin is that he is a quintessential musician, always willing to play, help out or teach. "Coffin is a real down to earth guy. If he has time and is willing, you can pretty much hit him up and he is open to playing with you," Clifford recalled.

If you want to learn or even just take in the amazing sounds of Coffin's saxophone, feel free to come on down to Main Street Music Studios Sunday night. And be sure to bring your instrument of you'd like to play along.


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