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  1. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    How cool is this!? My longtime student Simon Hwang recently wrote a song titled "Spring." I asked him to sit in on a gig I had with my buddy's band and also bring his new composition for us to play. Here is the debut performance of that piece - let me know what you think!
  2. High School and College
    ...by a middle school jazz band? Oh I think yes!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzmMN6c7jg8 Here are the other recordings of my middle school jazz band from a jazz festival this past Friday. Opener is "Summertime," 2nd tune is "All of Me," and the closer is "Whiplash." Summertime...
  3. High School and College
    Hey all, Here's a video of some of my students and their high school band playing their opener- "Straight No Chaser" from the Buddy Rich library. I privately teach 5 of the 6 saxes in the band. Video is from the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival this year, where they won 1st...
  4. High School and College
    Hey guys! I'm a student combo leader for my high school jazz combo. We wanted to start performing and we're hoping to start maybe sometime in December at some retirement homes. I was wondering when would be a good time to start contacting the retirement homes? Also is it best to ask by phone or...
  5. The Band
    Hey guys! So I am a combo leader at my high school jazz combo. We play pretty well together as we have everything worked out. Our soloing is pretty good and the rhythm section is pretty locked in. I was wondering what can I do to really improve my combo. I understand that it is kind of hard for...
  6. The Band
    Hey guys so I shave sort of an issue... I run a high school jazz combo as the student leader and there was one kid who I said could join in today. He asked if he could watch us and naturally I just offered if he would instead like to sit in, but I think I gave the wrong message. I just offered...
  7. The Band
    Hey so Im currently a senior at my high school and am the leader for our combo. I was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice on how to lead a jazz combo and how to conduct rehearsal? We do have a music teacher at our school but he doesn't really help us with combo, just the big band. I...
  8. High School and College
    Hello! If anyone has any tips for a high school student who plans to major in music education, feel free to share! It's definitely my biggest dream, and I want to do everything I can to ensure I'm successful. For example: how much do you recommend I practice, taking lessons, applying to schools...
  9. High School and College
    Hey guys! :) I run/play in a saxophone ensemble at my high school. I'm looking for songs to play next year, and need suggestions. We are pretty darn good, so skill level is not a concern. Just any songs that sound awesome as a small sax group. Thanks in advance for any suggestions
  10. The Band
    As part of my high school senior project, I am gathering a bunch of my musician friends from school to form a wind ensemble. My goal is to practice a song, study the song (or several), then perform. The only remaining aspect of the project is what song do we study? I would like recommendations...
  11. High School and College
    So it's senior year and I've been preparing to record audition tapes for the Grammy Jazz Ensemble by the Grammy Foundation (obviously) and the Jazz Band of America put on by Music For All. I'm also going through the process to audition for the TMEA all state jazz band. Are there any other jazz...
  12. SOTW Member YouTube videos
    Here's a video of me playing My Funny Valentine at the 2012 TCU Jazz Festival back in February, more info in the video description, comments and constructive criticism appreciated.
  13. Bb Soprano
    Im looking into getting a cheap Soprano for High School and i stumbled across this Mercury Soprano. Anybody have experience playing one? Any intonation problems? Any help will be apreciated...
  14. Playing Songs
    Can anyone give me the 2011-2012 TMEA High School saxophone region etudes? I will be auditioning for high school all region next year and I want to start getting used to learning music at that level. Thanks.
  15. High School and College
    I recently auditioned for this school and now my band directors are trying to get me not to go. They say they have a horrible band program. I don't want to go there just to be in the wind ensemble but I am just curious, does anyone have a video or recording of them? The only one I have seen is...
  16. Saxophone Solo and Ensembles
    Greetings! I'm a high school saxophonist in New Mexico. I am very experienced as a junior, as I have great experience on soprano, alto, tenor, and bari across symphonic band, solos, quartet, and several honor ensembles. I also made the all-state symphonic band on baritone saxophone, the 1st...
  17. Bb Tenor
    So My High School has 2 Selmer Mark VI Tenors (and one Bari), the two Tenor are not even being used and just sit on top of the lockers!!! i was thinking that by my Junior-Senior year ( i am a Sophomore) I could Buy These off my Band Director and fix them up since nobody uses them and possibly he...
  18. P. Mauriat
    I am an advanced high school music student and was interested in the Cannonball brand until I heard about the P. Mauriat. I own a Selmer AS-500 and a TS-500. I have also played on a few other Yamaha models. I am interested in taking my next saxophone into college and hopefully beyond. I was...
  19. Recordings, Movies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jE4vOZ3VAU Diggin this. Can anybody tell what mouthpiece he's playing on?
  20. Tips and Techniques
    I am part of the Bremerton high school Wind Ensemble in washington state and we have recently been accepted to attend a festival and perform at Carnegie Hall and Central Park in New York. Going to this trip requires a lot of money and I was wondering if anybody has any fundraising advice, tips...
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