I’ve just completed the initial composition for a new work for band (more on that later), and in the process, I made a realization. The piece is one of the most colorful I’ve written with huge parts for every instrument. What I came to realize is that most people think of the Baritone Saxophone in the wrong light.
As I was scoring, I kept keeping the Baritone Sax in the mid to upper range of the instrument. And that’s when it hit me, the Baritone Sax isn’t a bass instrument as it is normally treated. This should have been apparent from the beginning – it’s in the name of the instrument. It’s a baritone. Continue reading “The most misunderstood instrument in the band”