Altin Sencalar a Temple, Texas native started his musical education at the age of 9 originally playing the cello. At age 11, he picked up the euphonium, then the trombone, and continues to play both today. He has had the fortune to have studied with some of the finest musicians today. The list includes Michael Dease, Mike Roylance, Andre Hayward, Martin McCain, Freddie Mendoza, Pete Rodriguez, Paul Deemer, Jeff Hellmer, John Mills, and John Fremgan. Along with excellent instructors, Altin has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with performers such as Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Marcus Printup, Andre Hayward, Doug Webb, Wycliffe Gordon, Michael Dease, Cyrus Chestnut, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and many others.
On the competition platform, Altin has been a finalist for both national and international level competitions. He has been a finalist for The Texas State Trombone Symposium Michael Rath Jazz solo competition, The American Trombone Workshop, and The Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium Competition. His most recent honors include winning the 2016 Division 1 jazz solo competition for ATW and placing 2nd in the 2016 Michael Rath jazz solo competition. Just this past year, he was named a finalist for both The 2017 American Trombone Workshop Division 2 jazz solo competition, and the 2017 International Trombone Associations Carl Fontana Jazz Competition. These honors have led Altin to become selected as a 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artist for the Low Brass Division.
Along with national and international recognition, Altin is one of the most working musicians in Austin, TX. He has been playing and performing in Austin for four years and has enjoyed every second of it. He plays many different genres of music throughout the year ranging from Big Bands, Chorale Symphony Orchestra's, Small group Jazz, Salsa, Tejano, Pop, R&B, Motown, country and swing, and many others. Recently named one of the top 10 horn players in the 2016/2017 Austin Chronicles, "Austin Music Awards" Altin, has had the pleasure of being apart of many original groups in Austin which include Latin Grammy nominated bands, Austin Chronicle Award winning bands, and nationally acclaimed groups such as Riders against the Storm, Sergio y La Orkesta, La Mona Loca, Memphis Train Revue, The Pictures, Tortilla Factory, Rubeun Ramos, Big Band Tejano, Tiburon, Vintage 15, Jazzbones, NOW Jazz Orchestra, Tonic Big Band, Kris Kimura's Grande Wasabi Big Band, and many others.
In May of 2017, Altin will be releasing his first solo album featuring seven original pieces of music and two jazz standards. "Introducing Altin Sencalar" features quartet, quintet, and sextet writing from Altin on both trombone and euphonium. The different genres of music in the album include swing, Bossa Nova, hip hop, and salsa music. Contingent upon graduation, Altin will be the Graduate Assistant under the tutledge of Michael Dease at Michigan State University for his Masters in Music Performance in Jazz Studies.