Samuel A. Livingston was born in Chicago in 1942 and grew up in the Pittsburgh area. During 1966 and 1967, he was a member of the U.S. 4th Armored Division Band; except for that, he has never been a professional musician. Since 1974 he has lived in central New Jersey, where he plays the clarinet in a community band, traditional jazz groups, and chamber music groups. As a composer, he is entirely self-taught. His recent (21st century) compositions include works for concert band, a quintet for clarinet and strings, and chamber music for wind instruments.