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Calling all saxophone lovers!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

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“What’s better than one saxophone?” asks WAAPA saxophone lecturer Matt Styles. “Try more than 100 on stage at one time!”

Now in its seventh year, WAAPA’s Massed Sax 2019 is coming to Hale School’s John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre on Sunday, 28 July.

The first and still only one of its kind in Australia, this event brings together staff and students from schools across WA, along with saxophone enthusiasts from the wider community, to join Matt Styles and WAAPA’s ‘Phone Co. for an afternoon of saxophone workshops and rehearsals leading to an evening concert.

“The saxophone is the ultimate instrument, it spans all musical genres – classical, jazz, rock, pop, funk, world music – you name it, it can play it,” says Styles.

“For sax players, the Massed Sax event is an opportunity to meet and play with saxophonists of all ages, try out new saxophones and sax gear, plus get tips on sound and improvisation – then finish up by performing in an amazing concert for loved ones and fans!”

Following on from previous Massed Sax guest artist, the internationally acclaimed British saxophonist Rob Buckland, this year’s participants will be able to receive expert advice from award-winning Australian saxophonist, Jamie Oehlers.

Oehlers, WAAPA’s Coordinator of Jazz, was recently described by AustralianJazz.net as “a national treasure, one of our most important jazz saxophonists, soloists, composers, improvisers and educators.”

At 7.00pm in the evening, parents, friends and saxophone supporters are invited to attend a concert to hear the incredible results of the Massed Sax rehearsals.

Feedback from past Massed Sax events is full of praise for this unique program:

"My daughter, who is only 14, was lucky enough to participate in this program… she absolutely loved mixing it up with 'the big guns' as she called them.”

"I must single out the saxophone show… as just the best and most innovative use of a single instrument I have heard. The work of the in-house composer and the evident links with schools and school educators
is fantastic.”

"What a brilliant night! Thank you for putting together such an amazing showcase of saxophone talent… the hardest thing now is explaining to my 12-year-old daughter that not every musical experience is going to be this AWESOME. She had a brilliant time from the rehearsal on Sunday, watching the first half of the concert through to participating in the massed saxophone ensemble in the second half.

“My parents, both in their 70's, thoroughly enjoyed the concert as did my husband and 10-year-old son. This is a unique opportunity within Australia and I feel fortunate to witness and involve my daughter, at such a young age, in this wonderful event."

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Massed Sax 2019 performance web page.

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