Saxophones is one of our unauditioned ensembles which offers the chance to play some varied repertoire for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. The ensemble tackles jazz standards, classical pieces and arrangements of well-known film and show tunes. The weekly rehearsals are great fun and offer the chance for people to try out new techniques and improve their ensemble playing skills. The saxophone ensemble takes part in our outreach programmes in the local community, as the ensemble has been quite a hit with the local schools. Whether you are a newcomer or and advanced player Saxophones is always looking for new players, so why not come along?
👪 The Committee
Beth studies Natural Sciences and loves playing saxophone with Blowsoc. She is really looking forward to this year and is always keen to help.
General Secretary, Concert Band Conductor, and Saxophones Conductor
Ollie is a second year music student who plays trumpet and piano. He can always be found in the department, mainly pretending to practice! If you have any questions about our LTC programme feel free to contact him!
Saxophones Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Personnel Manager
Hannah is a second year music student who's been living, sleeping and breathing all things saxophone for nine years now. You will usually find her in the music department eating, rehearsing or pretending to work.
Wednesdays, 15:20–16:30 in Rehearsal Hall.
🎭 Upcoming Concerts
📝 Recent Blog Posts
🎥 Previous Recordings
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Glenn Miller MedleyBlowsoc's Saxophone Ensemble in the Lunchtime Concert on Tuesday 15th November 2016.
Glenn Miller Medley
Composer: Glenn Miller Arranger: Melanie Thorne
A selection of popular songs composed by Jazz Musician Glenn
Miller, who was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. The medley begins with 'American Patrol' a swing march, it then moves onto 'Moonlight Serenade' a swing ballad, 'Pennsylvania 6-5000 a swing jazz, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' a swing tune and ends with 'In the Mood' a popular big band-era hit.
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Cantaloupe IslandCantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock, arranged by Jon Halton
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Billie JeanWatch saxophone ensemble play Billie Jean by Michael Jackson, arrange by Philippa Louise! (Recorded 14/11/17)
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: HerculesListen to saxes play Hercules, written by Alan Menken and arranged by conductor Matthew Herbert! (Recorded 14/11/17)
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Moanin'Moanin' was composed by Bobby Timmons and was first recorded by Art Blakey's band on their 1957 album of the same name. This version was arranged by Jon Halton.
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Blame it on the Boogie/Moving on UpThis medley of Blame it on the Boogie by Michael Jackson and Moving on Up by M People was arranged by Jon Halton.
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Celtic SuiteCeltic Suite was composed by Gavin Whitlock, and is an Irish piece comprised of three movements. Saxophones here play movement one (Midnight in Kinsale) and movement three (Ceilidh).
Blowsoc Saxophone Ensemble: Selections from Princess and the Frog'Princess and the Frog' is a 2009 animated film loosely based on the novel 'The Frog Princess'. The music and lyrics were composed by Randy Newman, and this particular version was arranged by conductor Matt Herbert.