About Blake

Performing Experience

Blake Arrington is a clarinetist with The United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C.  He is also the Bass and E-flat clarinetist with the Tysons McLean Orchestra in McLean, Virginia.  Prior to moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 2006, he was the Principal Bass & E-flat clarinetist with the Irving Symphony Orchestra in Irving, Texas.  Blake has performed with the Plano Symphony Orchestra in Plano, Texas, and also served as the Principal Clarinet with Opera in the Ozarks.

Blake attended The University of Central Arkansas from 1997-2000. While there, he earned a Travel Abroad Grant and Undergraduate Research Grant for Education that allowed him to study at Le Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec, Canada.  He graduated cum laude from The University of North Texas, earning a BM in 2002 and a MM in 2004. While at UNT, he performed in the UNT Wind Symphony & Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on twelve recordings from Klavier Records.  In May 2011, Blake was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Catholic University of America.  Blake's teachers include Kristina Belisle, Kelly Johnson, John Scott, Gregory Raden and Eugene Mondie.

While at Catholic University, his doctoral research focused on American composer William Bolcom's Clarinet Concerto.  This research led to Blake commissioning the wind band transcription of this concerto.  Two movements of the work were premiered on March 13, 2014, with Blake as soloist with The University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Ricky Brooks. The entire work received its world premiere on March 20, 2015 with the Troy University Symphony Band under the direction of Dr. Mark Walker.

As an educator, Blake was the Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Southeastern Oklahoma State University from 2004-2006.  He has given masterclasses throughout the United States including workshops at the University of North Texas, Rutgers University, The University of Central Arkansas, Clarinetfest 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Clarinetfest 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas.  His time in Texas also led to a successful studio of All-State clarinetists from the Coppell Independent School District.  He currently teaches throughout the Northern Virginia area.  His students have become music scholarship students at Indiana University, The University of North Texas, and other schools throughout the United States.

Blake continues to garner attention for his instrument repair expertise in his capacity as the owner/operator of JBA Woodwinds.  He studied repair with Ann MacMillan at the University of North Texas. He later honed his skills, studying clarinet repair with Mark Jacobi, and flute repair with David Straubinger.  Blake repairs instruments for members of the National Symphony, Military Bands, and musicians throughout the country.

Blake is a Selmer Paris and Silverstein Works performing artist.  He performs on Selmer Signature Clarinets and Silverstein Maestro ligatures.