Known for his "fluid playing and natural talent as a composer" (Peter Blackstock, Austin-American Statesman), Dr. Russell Haight is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Texas State University. He maintains a busy performance schedule in Texas, and has played throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and China. In 2017, Haight released Destination, his first album as a leader, which won a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards. As a researcher and educator, he has presented or performed at the International Saxophone Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the Jazz Education Network conference, Texas Music Educators Association conference, the ProJazz Institute in Chile, and at universities throughout the southwestern region. As a saxophonist, he has performed with luminaries such as Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, and George Duke; on the commercial side, he performs in and arranges for singer- songwriter Christopher Cross's band Freedonia. Haight earned his Doctorate degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Texas. Skilled at both performance and research, he earned the Eleanor Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Performance and the prestigious Butler School of Music Outstanding Dissertation award.