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    Default Re: Name for Freshman Saxophone Quartet?

    I don't know why, but I've always been turned off by cutesy names that try to incorporate the word "sax" into other words like "Saxsational", etc... While the attempt at creativity is apparent, names like that always seem uninspired to me and leave me feeling like it was made up by a bunch of school kids. It's difficult for me to take groups with names like that very seriously. Nothing against school kids...but if a "very formal name" is what you're after...(as stated by the OP)...especially for a classical quartet, I would stay away from the cutesy sax wordplay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    Don't use The Four Freshmen...already been done, though by a very different kind of group.
    How about the 'Fresh Fourmen'?
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    Totally not serious, but since you're having an "identity" crisis...you could call it the "Schizo Scherzo Quartet"...

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    SAX on the Beach?

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    Okay, cutsey is out. (Spoilsport!) How about "Saxophonics" or "Saxophonia" or even "Sax Symphonia" hmmm? Not cutsey but still using the sax root in the name. Then, of course, you could incorporate the classical aspect of your quartet and just call yourselves "Classical Sax!"

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    Steve's got a good point there. For a very formal name for performance of classical sax music, don't go cute, go direct and descriptive: Classical Saxophone Quartet
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    We (along with our professor) feel the same. Our attempts have been along the lines of "The Berlioz Saxophone Quartet" and "The Yardbird Saxophone Quartet"...essentially meaning we need a name we can all agree on with the format: The _________ Saxophone Quartet. We tried "The Freshman 15" (we graduate in 2015/infamous freshman 15), but our professor didn't go for that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenorsaxsoul View Post
    The _________ Saxophone Quartet.
    I like it. The Blank Saxophone Quartet.
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    The FROSH Saxophone Quartet
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    The Sax Offenders.
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    Fournewquatours... of course, correct pronunciation is imperative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenorsaxsoul View Post
    Our attempts have been along the lines of "The Berlioz Saxophone Quartet" and "The Yardbird Saxophone Quartet"...essentially meaning we need a name we can all agree on with the format: The _________ Saxophone Quartet. We tried "The Freshman 15" (we graduate in 2015/infamous freshman 15), but our professor didn't go for that...
    Actually, your name is right there in the thread topic: Freshman Saxophone Quartet.

    Why not?

    And next year (hopefully), you'll be Sophomore Saxophone Quartet.
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    For short: FRESHtet.

    Next year: SOPHtet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DD View Post
    Fournewquatours... of course, correct pronunciation is imperative.
    Clever :-)

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    How about taking a cue from the UNT ensembles. Just name the 4tet after the time you rehearse. Like the 4:00 quartet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    Don't use The Four Freshmen...already been done, though by a very different kind of group.
    Besides you won't be fresh for long.

    The Four Freshmen of the Apocolypse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    The Four Freshmen of the Apocolypse.
    Ooo, that's very good. But it should be spelled correctly.

    Pete is dyslexic, I know, so that is just my natural and quite uncontrollable pedantry talking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RootyTootoot View Post
    Ooo, that's very good. But it should be spelled correctly.

    Pete is dyslexic, I know, so that is just my natural and quite uncontrollable pedantry talking.
    Doubly bad because I'm on my iPad.

    I did know Pocopalysp was wrong but I just forgot to change it.

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    And if you all develop large lips like llamas from playing sax so much, you could be the
    Four Freshmen of the Alpaca Lips
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    What triggered that was when Norwegian sax quartet were looking for a name. I thought maybe:

    The Four Norsemen of the Apocalypse

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