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Bonjour! I'm Kim, I have been around SOTW for quite some time (I forgot really ) and I have joined the moderator/admin team in 2004. Although my 'specialty' area is SOTW's French Forum, you'll likely see me pop-up now and then at any place in the Main forum because I really wander all over the place.
I started playing saxophone (tenor) in 1989 and have worked as a street musician for nearly a decade. Now that I've 'retired' from the street musician scene, I now play in two saxophone quartets (baritone in one and tenor in the other)
It may sound surprising but in person, I'm the quiet type (I'm not shy though) I like to sit-back and observe from a distance - For as far as I can remember, I have always dreaded being the centre of attention but somehow, I often end-up right under the spot-light, wondering to myself how the heck I got there - People often turn to me for advice, they say that I'm pragmatic and that I'm a good listener but paradoxically, I'm often criticized for my somewhat detached and unseemly independent nature Despite this minor contradiction, all would agree that my best assets are patience and determination
Kim C. P.
|SAXISMYAXE||Hello, I'm Michael S.|
Like Kim, I've been a member of SOTW for quite awhile, both on the Vbulletin and earlier incarnations. I've been a staff member for several years now.
I am a Commercial Illustrator and Portrait Painter by profession, as well as a part time Musician. I have over 30 years experience as both a Saxophonist (professionally and as a hobby) as well as many other woodwind and brass instruments.
Collecting and repairing/restoring instruments is an ancillary passion of mine, and as a result my collection is pushing me out of house and home, and becoming a museum in every sense of the word.
My personal interests and hobbies cover the spectrum, and many are outlined on my Myspace page:
|Chris Sundberg is active as a composer, conductor, arranger and saxophonist.
After graduating high school he attended Laramie County Community College for two years,
studying with noted American composer and conductor Dr. James Colonna and saxophone with
Dr. Nathan Keedy and Dr. Andrew Dahlke. He is now pursuing degrees in finance, insurance
and business management at the University of North Texas.|
As a composer/arranger Chris has written for solo instruments, solo instruments with piano accompaniment, solo instruments with electronic accompaniment, chamber winds, bands, orchestras, and electroacoustic and intermedia projects. He has studied with, in regular lessons or masterclasses, some of the most prominent composers of our time, including: Jim Colonna, John Corigliano, John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Eric Whitacre, Steven Bryant, Cindy McTee, Joseph Klein, Jon Nelson, John Mallia, Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach), and Chapman Welch.
As a saxophonist, Chris has played semi-professionally since the age of 14. He was recently praised by noted American composer Norman Dello Joio, H. Robert Reynolds and by iconic jazz arranger Sammy Nestico for his performance on Laramie County Community College's 2004 debut CD release, Wind Dancer, on which Chris earned recognition as manager of both the LCCC Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble and as featured soloist. His performances of classical saxophone repertoire, including the Wyoming premiere of David Maslanka's Songbook for alto saxophone and marimba, have also received rave reviews. He also co-founded the Night Flight Big Band in the summer of 2004 with teacher, collaborator and long-time friend Jim Colonna.
Chris now splits his time between Northern Texas and Cheyenne Wyoming, where most of his family resides. He hopes to someday marry the most beautiful woman in the world and retire at the age of 35.
|Bill Mecca is a Video Professional, Voiceover talent, Husband, Father, moderator and saxplayer.|
|DrakeSaxProf is the moderator of a number of the SOTW
sub-forums including the Classical Sax forum.|
In his day job he serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. You can hear the good professor play and read more at www.jimromainmusic.com.
Frank Ballatore has been active on SOTW since late 2004. I'm a late bloomer when it comes to sax, and have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. SOTW has been a tremendous resource during my learning stages. I've made a number of friends here.
I own and operate an IT consulting business during the day, (well, most days it actually carries into night). In my spare time, besides playing my horns, I enjoy woodworking and sports.
|Harri Rautiainen is our Forum Founder and he';s also an Administrator.
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