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Congratulations!  You’ve been selected to play the SAXOPHONE!

Students will begin playing their instruments on the second week of school.  It is wise to make arrangements now to secure all of the materials and supplies your child will need.  At the beginning of the school year, the music stores are extremely busy and the lines can be very long.  If you make plans now, your child will have all that he/she needs to begin band with the rest of the class.

What does my child need?

A solid, good quality beginner Saxophone and some supplies.  Many of these supplies will last for years, but as with any new activity, there are some necessary supplies to get for your beginner musician.

Saxophone Brand & Model Number:

Yamaha YAS23 or Yamaha YAS26
***This brand is important.  If you are interested in getting a saxophone that is different than what we suggest, please contact Mrs. Troutman and let her give you her professional opinion.  New or used doesn’t matter, but the brand does matter!

Music Store Supply List:

Vandoren AL3 Optimum Mouthpiece
Rovner Ligature
Reedguard IV
Hodge Silk Swab
Vandoren #3 Reeds (box of 10)
Cherub WMT 555C Metro-Tuner with pick up microphone cord
Music Stand
Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for Alto Saxophone

General Supply List:

Black 1” binder with pockets
Pencil pouch
3 working pencils
Page protectors (optional)

Famous People Who Played Saxophone:

Jennifer Garner (actress)
Lionel Richie (singer)
Norah Jones (singer)
Bill Clinton (former President)

Amazing Saxophone Players to Explore on YouTube:

Charlie Parker
John Coltrane
Sonny Rollins
Ornette Coleman
Anthony Braxton
Mindi Abair
Candy Dulfer

Some Interesting Saxophone Websites:

North American Saxophone Alliance:  http://www.saxophonealliance.org/leadership.asp
Fun Saxophone Facts:  http://blog.oup.com/2014/04/10-facts-about-the-saxophone-and-its-players/
How a Saxophone is made:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH1YzGqt1HI
History of the Saxophone:  http://www.the-saxophone.com/history-of-the-saxophone.html

Some Cool Saxophone Music:

Carnival of Venice:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_xiB-YoLW0
Large Saxophone Ensemble playing Jupiter from The Planets:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DTrnXOYkA0
Flight of the Bumblebee:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C3Yguv_lxc