Philadelphia-raised musician and composer Maxfield Gast has been widely recognized for his performance as a saxophonist and composer. Rooted in jazz saxophone, Gast has further expanded his career as a multi instrumentalist, solo artist, and music producer, including composing/performing music for a multi Emmy Award winning television series, the big screen, and live performances around the globe.
As a bandleader, Gast has released several albums including Ogopogo, PhillyCAM Sessions, Side By Side, and Eat Your Beats, all on the Militia Hill label. Maxfield’s unique and eclectic sound found it’s way onto the airways, landing high on college radio charts, quickly leading to a publishing and licensing deals to the likes of MTV and Sony Classic Films. Gast later began working as a composer and performer for the 5 seasons of FX Network’s hit series Louie.
Maxfield has performed internationally in venues and festivals including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Austin’s SXSW Festival, Bluesfest in Ottawa, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Hultsfred Festival in Stockholm, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and many other jazz festivals across the nation. Gast has worked with a wide variety of artists including Grammy Award winning band Cage the Elephant, Reggie Watts, Louis CK, Grammy Award winner Scot Sax, Tri-state Indie Award-winning bands Work Drugs and Aaron & the Spell, American Music Award-winning band The Bomb Squad, PEW Grant finalist Keith DeStefano and Puzzlebox, Grammy nominated Jeremy Grenhart, studio band SweetPro and American Idol finalists Brenna Gethers and Nicole Tranquillo . Maxfield has shared the stage with jazz greats like Betty Carter, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Grover Washington Jr., Rodney Green, Bilal, Orrin Evans, the late Edgar Bateman Jr. and Truth, Ronnie Burrage and Band Burrage, Derek Hodge, Bootsie Barnes, Charlie Ellerbe and many other jazz artists across the US.
Located on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia, Maxfield accompanies classes at the University of the Arts School of Dance. At Uarts, Gast works directly with the dance instructors to develop and perform a live soundtrack for the duration of a dance class curriculum. Using a variety of instruments like percussion, EWI (electronic wind instrument), piano, Gast creates a musical backdrop driven by improvisation and score/compositional development pairing with choreography. Class genres include modern and jazz dance, Horton, Graham, tap and improvisation. Gast has collaborated and performed with a variety of dance companies like Olive Dance Theatre, Group Motion and Curt Haworth Movement, merging music and choreography for live performances both locally and across the nation.
Gast is a strong advocate for the Arts and with a degree in Music from Temple University, he teaches regularly in solo, small, and large group settings. Maxfield has been affiliated with the Philadelphia Community Arts Network, Limelight Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, and Temple University with students studies ranging from saxophone and other woodwinds to music production, audio engineering, composition, and music theory.
Production with Militia Hill
Founded in 2009 by Maxfield Gast, Militia Hill is a music production agency based in Philadelphia. Its mission is to bring remarkable focus and clarity to music composition and production. Militia Hill has produced numerous solo albums and projects for a variety of artists. It has been affiliated with partners including Illadel Allstars, David Stoller and Samurai Hotel, Big House Publishing, and Yessian Music. Music produced by Militia Hill has been featured on FX Network, NPR (National Public Radio), MTV, NetFlix, and broadcast on radio and television around the world.