Mitch Fadem

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About Mitch Fadem


Started playing flute at age 4. Switched to clarinet at 7 and picked up sax at at 14 and bassoon at 20. Studied classical clarinet with Robert Marcellus and Ted Johnson of the Cleveland Orchestra while attending Cleveland State University. Studied with Alois Heine, Salzburg Mozarteum and Rudolf Jettel, Vienna Academy of Music. Played 2nd Clarinet with the Badiner Staats Orkester in Austria and Asnt 1st Clarinet with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and the Cape Performing Arts Board in Cape Town, South Africa. Returned to the US to finish education. Received a Bachelor's in Music and Chemistry, Kent State University and a Master's in Chemistry from KSU as well as a PhD in Chemistry and Toxicology from Columbia. Just retired as a biomedical toxicologist with the US Air Force Reserves at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Works as a civilian consultant with Bechtel National Inc. and other groups as a threat agent specialist and biological safety expert on projects for the Department of Defense. Served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as a toxicologist and threat agent scientist and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for several hazardous duty missions involving hazardous chemicals in areas with high insurgent activity. Took soprano sax to war and played to relax. Still loves music. Current instruments are Buffet Clarinet R13 and Paul Mauriet Soprano Sax.

Mitch Fadem joined the JazzTimes community on Nov 20, 2010