Eric Serbu is a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player from Centreville, Virginia. He studied with Luis Hernandez, who is a member of the Navy Commodores and the Grammy award winning Afro Bop Alliance, and Brad Leali, who is a former member of the Count Basie and Harry Connick Jr. bands. Eric began playing gigs at the age of 11, and has played at venues around the Northern Virginia and Denton, Texas areas, along with performances in New Orleans and Australia. While living in Australia from 2006-2008, he won several awards at the Eisteddfod music festival including best soloist on piano, and several small group categories, but was taken aback by the appreciation and love of the music there. During this time, Eric was playing in several high school ensembles as a middle school student, and went on tour around the country playing at festivals such as the Mount Gambier Jazz Festival. He has toured with the Annandale Jazz Ambassadors in Japan and around Northern Virginia, and is a counselor at the National Jazz Workshops at George Mason University and Shenandoah Conservatory. As a first semester freshman at Shenandoah Conservatory, Eric achieved lead alto in the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, and sat as lead tenor for three years. He also is a founding member of the Shenandoah Jazz Collective, who performs regularly around Northern Virginia and has opened for jazz guitarist Julian Lage. Eric currently attends the University of North Texas in pursuit of a Masters of Music degree in jazz studies. Eric was awarded a teaching fellowship and is teaching lessons to North Texas saxophone students. His passion and dedication to performing the music is equaled only by the desire to pass the art form on to future generations.