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I'm looking for a band piece with alto sax solo, which would not be too hard for a community orchestra (that contains mostly woodwinds). The soloist does well at playing expressive legato line or else "personality" big-band, but no altissimo notes, please. Any suggestions?
 

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Thanks! I'll let my band man know about these two. He was looking for a feature. Nice band and nice solo, billwilk!
 

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One that I highly recommend is Persuasion by Sammy Nestico. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28pAJtRHFg
What a great piece, bmatey! That goes on my good list too. I wish I sounded like the soloist in the example. Maybe I'll save this for next year, after I have improved just that much more. Something to strive toward!

This summer, I'm finally signing up for some sax lessons, after playing on my own for seven years and learning all I know about sax from this forum and Youtube videos. (I do have a degree in vocal music and played flute through high school, so that helps.) It's a testimony to the advice found here that I've survived on sax and learned enough to sound musical. Thanks for all who contribute advice! Now we'll see whether my teacher turns out to be an Allard or Teal devotee...
 

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Thanks, CatDuet!

A couple others have come to mind
Amazing Grace Arranged by Frank Tichelli https://youtu.be/SjorVtPZqmE

And two that have solos written so that just about anyone can play: In a Gentle Rain by Robert W. Smith (We haven't performed this one yet, and we're passing the solo around the band. In the sax section we'll have it on tenor, bari and soprano, as well as flute, clarinet, tuba, horn, and others....) and there's a version of Moon River that's the same way. THe performance last year featured the horn section: https://youtu.be/RfHySNtdbwI
 

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Thanks, CatDuet!

A couple others have come to mind
Amazing Grace Arranged by Frank Tichelli https://youtu.be/SjorVtPZqmE

And two that have solos written so that just about anyone can play: In a Gentle Rain by Robert W. Smith (We haven't performed this one yet, and we're passing the solo around the band. In the sax section we'll have it on tenor, bari and soprano, as well as flute, clarinet, tuba, horn, and others....) and there's a version of Moon River that's the same way. THe performance last year featured the horn section: https://youtu.be/RfHySNtdbwI
Thanks! I play in two community groups. The one with younger students involved might find these handy.
 

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I remember some arrangements for Since I Fell for You that held nice Alto solos. If I remember correctly, it is in the key of Concert F, so it is in the key of D for the Alto and has some nice bluesy passages.
 

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I remember some arrangements for Since I Fell for You that held nice Alto solos. If I remember correctly, it is in the key of Concert F, so it is in the key of D for the Alto and has some nice bluesy passages.
Yes, I found it online. Thanks!
 

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What a great piece, bmatey! That goes on my good list too. I wish I sounded like the soloist in the example. Maybe I'll save this for next year, after I have improved just that much more. Something to strive toward!

This summer, I'm finally signing up for some sax lessons, after playing on my own for seven years and learning all I know about sax from this forum and Youtube videos. (I do have a degree in vocal music and played flute through high school, so that helps.) It's a testimony to the advice found here that I've survived on sax and learned enough to sound musical. Thanks for all who contribute advice! Now we'll see whether my teacher turns out to be an Allard or Teal devotee...
Hey, my son played this a couple of years ago in high school. At the end of the song there is a short unaccompanied improvised solo, although he did stray a bit from the written notes elsewhere when he performed it.

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...olo-at-the-spring-concert-I-am-always-kvellin

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