The Hawaii Saxophone Foundationwill hold auditions for the second annual Hawaii High School Saxophone Ensemble. Students will have the opportunity to work with Hawaii’s top saxophone music educators and professionals. Students will rehearse weekly in preparation for a concert with the University of Hawaii Saxophone Choir.
Audition is December 16, 2018, 10am at Pearl City High School bandroom. Auditions are open to all high school saxophonists with a minimum of 2 years experience. (Middle school saxophonists are eligible to audition upon recommendation of their band director or private instructor).
Audition material will consist of:
Tuition fee for members is $75 dollars. There is a $10 dollar non-refundable audition fee. Students accepted into the program will have this fee applied to the cost of tuition.
Students must provide instruments for participation (privately owned or from schools). Students may be asked to double on other saxophones.
Participants are required to attend weekly rehearsals in preparation for concert activities. Attendance is mandatory. Absences will be excused only for illness or family emergency. Missing 2 or more rehearsals will be grounds for expulsion.
All rehearsals are on Sundays, 10:00am - 11:30am
Rehearsal dates (Subject to Change):
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 31
Rehearsal location: Pearl City High School Band Room
Dress rehearsal: Friday April 5, 2019 6pm Orvis Auditorium, UH music department
Concert: Sunday April 7, 2019 4pm Orvis Auditorium 4pm Orvis Auditorium
(with UH Saxophone Choir)
On November 2, 2017 the Hawaii Saxophone Foundation sponsored a free masterclass with saxophonist David Sanborn at the Blue Note Hawaii for a small and intimate group of saxophonists. By request, the audience was limited and was comprised of saxophonists of various levels from high school, college, professional and semi-retired music educators.
Mr. Sanborn discussed his musical influences and stories of his career. He talked about his concept of sound and approach to playing the saxophone. Mr. Sanborn also opened the session to answer questions from every individual in attendance. He was open and candid and gave his sincere and honest answer with everyone.
The Hawaii Saxophone Foundation is extremely grateful to Mr. Sanborn for his graciousness in hosting a masterclass and would like to extend a sincere MAHALO to the Blue Note Hawaii for accommodating this event.
The Hawaii Saxophone Foundation proudly presents two guest lecturers: Audiologist Dr. Howard Tamashiro and Instrumental Technician David Chuck.
Dr. Tamashiro will talk about care and protection of your hearing; an essential tool for all musicians.
David Chuck will discuss the care and maintenance of your saxophone. He will cover a vast array of subjects from mouthpiece cleaning to pad maintenance and lacquer protection.
This masterclass is targeted for all ages from the beginner to the well established professional. Educators and musicians of all instruments are welcome to this FREE event!
Moanalua Middle School Bandroom, K-2
1289 Mahiale Street, Honolulu, HI.
Hawaii born saxophonist Allen Won returns from New York for a masterclass covering fundamentals and concepts of playing the saxophone. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music (NYC), Allen trained under saxophonist Harvey Pittel and the legendary Joe Allard.
Allen's itinerary has encompassed performances with numerous groups including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the City Opera, The New Jersey Philharmonic, and various Jazz and experimental groups.
Among the many venues he has performed in are CBGB's the Blue Note NYC, the Blue Note Japan, the Knitting Factory in NYC, the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY, Carnegie Hall, NYC, the 92nd Street Y, NYC, Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts, Stamford College Palo Alto, CA, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also several Broadway shows.
Allen Won's masterclass was held on March 20, 2018 at the Kalani Bandroom at 7pm.
Make a donation to the Hawaii Saxophone Foundation
The Hawaii Saxophone Foundation is a non-profit organization created to raise the level of awareness and education of the saxophone in Hawaii. Plans to achieve this will be by commissioning new compositions, hosting clinicians for workshops and concerts, providing college scholarships and eventually providing instruments to schools in need.