Community Outreach Intern
Natalie Suvarnasuddhi (Suv) is a saxophonist and oboist based in Orange County, CA. Natalie is attending Yorba Linda High School, participating in the jazz band, marching band, and wind ensemble, led by Bincins Garcia, Richard Watson, and John Hallman. She has studied under saxophonists Bruce Babad, Kirsten Edkins, Alex Hahn, Jerry Pinter, and Jean Toussaint.
Throughout Natalie’s education, she has attended the Guildhall Jazz and Rock Camp (2017) in London, England, the Saddleback College Jazz Camp (2018 & 2019), and has participated in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band (2017, 2018 & 2019). Awards and recognition include scholarships from both Friends of Jazz and Saddleback College, and outstanding soloist awards from the Reno Jazz Festival, Fullerton College Jazz Festival, Esperanza, Irvine, and South Hills High School Jazz Festivals.
Natalie has performed with Eric Marienthal, Wayne Bergeron, Fransisco Torres, Sal Cracchiolo, Bill Liston, Edmund Velasco, Kirsten Edkins, Ron Kobayashi, the Bryan Cabrera Trio, and The Tom Kubis Big Band. Natalie has recorded for Disney’s Saxophonist, Rob Verdi, and has performed for actor Gary Sinise, Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, and saxophonist Alex Hahn. Places Natalie has performed at include the Blue Note Hawaii, Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure, The Gaslamp Restaurant (Long Beach), Bayside Restaurant, Florentine’s Bar and Grill, OC Musician’s Union, and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.
On top of her passion for music in general, and especially jazz, Natalie has competed at a national level in a number of Drum Major competitions and has been a Drum Major for Yorba Linda High School since her freshman year. Although a conductor, she still finds time to look after her miniature zoo, comprising of a cat, a rat, four snakes, and a couple of tarantulas.
As both a local high school student and a local educator, Natalie is glad to have this opportunity to share her love of jazz and to help spread the importance of jazz in music education.