On November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax was born in Belgium to a father who designed instruments. Even as a child, Sax followed in his father’s footsteps, learning, adapting, and inventing many instruments (including a predecessor to the euphonium), but his most lasting invention (and today’s cause for celebration) is the saxophone.
The saxophone is a strange instrument. Since it’s typically made from brass, you might assume that it’s part of the brass family. Wrong. The sound is produced by a reed, not a brass mouthpiece, making the saxophone a woodwind instrument.
As a clarinetist myself, I’m afraid I’ve spent a lot of time making fun of saxophonists (so loud and obnoxious and “cool” 🙂 ). On the other hand, they’re pretty awesome instruments, whether in orchestras, marching bands, or jazz combos, and I love their sound in the big band number “String of Pearls,” so don’t hold it against me.
“It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night.”