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November 6: Saxophone Day

Happy Saxophone Day!

Please check out last year’s post for more information on the saxophone and Saxophone Day. In the meantime, here’s the Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet playing “The Pink Panther!”

and for those of you who don’t think the saxophone is a “real” instrument, try this one on for size. 🙂 It’s the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain playing Bach’s Toccata. Yikes!

“We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.”

Matthew 11:17

November 6: Saxophone Day

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.”

Psalm 92:1-2