A Tale of Two Tenors

Today, I recorded a short video demonstrating the tonal differences between the C Tenor or C Melody Saxophone and the B-flat Tenor Saxophone.  Here are the results.

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The most misunderstood instrument in the band

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”