Trumpet player Max Boiko is a graduate of the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program ('14) and Manhattan School of Music. ('17) Max has performed with many notable musicians such as Barry Manilow, Wynton Marsalis, Stefon Harris, Terell Stafford, and more. He has Recorded with artists such as Randy Bersen, Jimmy Haslip, and Peter Erskine. Max has had the opportunity to perform at the Vail Jazz Festival, The GRAMMY Awards, The Monterey Jazz Festival, the Caramoor Jazz Festival, and The Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan. Since moving to NYC max has performed at many prestigious venues in New York City such as, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 54 Below, Giny's Supper Club, as well as a doing month long residency with his own band at The Bitter End. Max has also performed at the Pearl Theater for an off Broadway run of "A Taste of Honey." In 2018, Max toured with Barry Manilow for a series of holiday concerts in Florida. Max also recently self booked a week long tour across Japan with his own band. Although he mostly performs Jazz material, Max has a deep passion for Japanese pop culture (namely video games) and constantly strives to bring that to the forefront of his musical identity. He is currently a member of the J-Music Ensemble, founded and led by Patrick Bartley. Max also leads his own band, VGM Collective, which is a 6 piece ensemble focused on performing Max's arrangements of classic video game music in the context of a live band, as well as contributing to the widespread popularity of video game music material in the Jazz community.

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