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Lance B. Acker offers private lessons on the following woodwind instruments:

   Clarinet – Bb/A Soprano, Eb Soprano, Eb Alto, Bb Bass    

   Saxophone – Bb Soprano, Saxello, Eb Alto, Bb Tenor, Eb Baritone (bari), Bb Bass, and Eb Contrabass Sarrusophone

   Flute – C Silver, Piccolo, Alto,  Japanese Bamboo (shinobue), Irish (19th Century), Recorder

   Music Theory and Jazz Theory

From beginners through advanced players, Lance will work with you to develop your skill level to master your instrument technically as well as understand the theory behind the music and style you are playing.

Playing the saxophone, clarinet or flute in a school band, an organization, for your own enjoyment, or whatever reason; private lessons with Lance will help you advance your skills and enjoy understanding the music you are playing.  Many of Lance’s former students have gone on to major in music.  He is currently part of the “Jazz Mentor” staff for the Denver Jazz Club, working with students on traditional jazz.

Please contact Lance to find out more: 


  Telephone:  303/756-2133

  Mail Address:  PO Box 102514; Denver, CO 80250

Lance’s Biography

Lance received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Clarinet Performance from Colorado University (CU) at Boulder.   He also did one year of post-graduate work at the Lamont School of Music, Denver University.

Although classically trained, Lance is one of the top jazz reed men in Colorado (please check his “Acker Jazztet” website at ).  Lance was also a member of a Colorado woodwind quintet; principal clarinetist for the Arvada Chamber Orchestra; a member of the Coors Light Silver Bullet Band; as well as the reed man for many of the Denver area theatre pit orchestras (which includes “Three Mo’ Divas”, of which PBS produced a DVD).  He has been a guest artist with the Colorado Wind Ensemble and the Jefferson County Symphony.  Since 1996, he has been playing taiko (Japanese drums) and takebue (Japanese flute).  He has studied the bamboo flute with Marco Lienhard (of Ondekoza and Taikoza).  Lance is a member of the Denver Musicians Association.

Besides a full roster of private woodwind students, Lance performs professionally with area jazz groups and the Japanese folk group, “Taiko with Toni”.   He has taught bamboo flute workshops in Maui, HI; Alameda, CA; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; and Seattle, WA; and participated in performances in many US states, England, central Europe, Japan and Russia.  His jazz performances have taken him across the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

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