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I've been in and out of two schools, leaving for personal and financial reasons, but one thing I noticed is that neither school really catered to the budding low sax player, so I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for schools that would be more helpful to the bari/bass player. IE instructors that play the instruments and know the nuances of playing the big horns as well as the small horns.

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Just find a school that has a faculty member that plays bari. I don't think that there is really going to be a school that can cater to this with the exception of MSM or some other high-level (expensive) conservatory. Maybe someplace like North Texas would be good since they're in state and have a large music program.
 

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If you're seriously involved with bass sax, you might consider a Rascher-oriented program such as So. Miss or FSU. There at least is a recognized role for the bass sax, because sax choirs and older instruments are part of their tradition. But you'll be pushed more purely towards concert music, and limited in your jazz opportunities, at most of those schools.
 

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I don't understand why anyone would feel the need to specialize in just one voice of sax.
 

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Sounded like he wanted to do two. (One largely imaginary outside the Rascherverse. But still.)

Many programs require you to do extensive solo rep on alto even if it isn't your favorite.
 

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I don't understand why anyone would feel the need to specialize in just one voice of sax.
That's sort of what I was thinking.
 

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Sounded like he wanted to do two. (One largely imaginary outside the Rascherverse. But still.)

Many programs require you to do extensive solo rep on alto even if it isn't your favorite.
... even going in on tenor.
 

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Please read and understand the original post before redponding. I don't just want to learn one or two voices, I want to go to a place that has someone knowledgable in bari/bass as well as he in the smaller horns. The two schools I was at had professors that admitted to never playing bari.
 

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Fair enough. There's a famous sax quartet out there with a woman as their bari player, and as I recall was the sax prof at an American university. Her name is escaping me at the moment, and Google brings up every sax quartet ever known.

Perhaps someone remembers who that is?
 

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Fair enough. There's a famous sax quartet out there with a woman as their bari player, and as I recall was the sax prof at an American university. Her name is escaping me at the moment, and Google brings up every sax quartet ever known.

Perhaps someone remembers who that is?
I would guess you mean the New Century Sax Quartet. Connie Frigo currently teaches at the University of Tennessee.
 

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If UofI had a real sax player teaching it back in 1975, as opposed to a clarinet player doubling on it, I wouldn't have transferred out to NIU. It was a great program otherwise.
 

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I've been in and out of two schools, leaving for personal and financial reasons, but one thing I noticed is that neither school really catered to the budding low sax player, so I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for schools that would be more helpful to the bari/bass player. IE instructors that play the instruments and know the nuances of playing the big horns as well as the small horns.

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On a less expensive route, have you checked out Collin Community College? I see you live in Irving, so it's not too far. I've seen Kevin McKerney play a good bit of bari. Try sending him an email, telling him what you're looking for.
 

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Lee Patrick, a classical player who specializes in bari and bass sax, has taught at Transylvania College in Kentucky for many years. (He may by now be an emeritus or adjunct - I workshopped with him about a decade ago.)
 

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I don't understand why anyone would feel the need to specialize in just one voice of sax.
Most of the jazz greats did specialise without doubling. A few notable exceptions of course.

If you spend all or most of your time on one axe you can give it all of your focus. Naturally, it is better for economic reasons to play as many saxophones and woodwinds as possible. Most professional saxophone players I know today, do double on other saxes and woodwinds.
 

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I would guess you mean the New Century Sax Quartet. Connie Frigo currently teaches at the University of Tennessee.
That's the one.
 
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