Oliver Santana

Instrument Played
TGS Uprise Tenor (G1-UTSU) - BUY

"What I like about The Growling Sax..."


A native of the island of Puerto Rico, Oliver Santana has been on the music scene for over 15 years. His talents as a gifted saxophonist, woodwind doubler, arranger, and educator have made him an in-demand musician who has performed in various venues around the world. As a multi-skilled musician, you can often find Oliver in the Jazz, Classical, and Latin Music scenes.

Oliver is currently a member of The Vitral Saxophone Quartet, sponsored by Paquito D’Rivera. He is also the Lead Alto Saxophonist in John Beasley’s Grammy nominated MONK’estra based out of New York. Oliver was a former saxophone player and arranger for New Birth Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA and is currently the Saxophone player for The Cityline Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Oliver began his musical studies at Berklee College of Music, and received his bachelor’s degree in Classical Saxophone from The Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. He later moved to Georgia to serve as the arranger and Lead Alto Saxophonist in the world traveling Warner Robins Air Force Band. He was awarded tuition assistance and completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Vernick. Oliver is currently enrolled at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Cohen, he won the Graduate Concerto Competition in 2014, and is expected to graduate with a Doctorate in Music Arts in October of 2017.

As a music educator, Oliver began his teaching career in Caguas, Puerto Rico at the Caguas Cultural Center at the young age of 22. Living in Georgia, he also taught music theory and aural skills at Instituto CanZion. Currently, Oliver is the Woodwind specialist at the Music Tech Contemporary Music School, and also holds a faculty position at County College of Morris as a Saxophone Professor.