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    We do a lot of nice pieces. Check it out.
    http://web.me.com/johan.vanderlinden...hone_orchestr/
    all the best.

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    You can't talk about saxophone ensembles without mentioning Squillante. They are 9 graduates of the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris, and they are astounding. Their 2nd alto player(!) just won the Adolphe Sax competition in Dinant, if that tells you anything about their level of performance. They're also amazing people and host a great summer camp in Montefrio, Spain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan van der linden View Post
    We do a lot of nice pieces. Check it out.
    http://web.me.com/johan.vanderlinden...hone_orchestr/
    all the best.
    Johan, nice to see you join the forum! I adore your playing...

    Anyhow, I ran across these recordings a little while ago on YouTube, your transcription of the Candide Ouverture was superb. I second the HKU Saxophone Orchestra.

    Another to look at is the National Saxophone Choir of Britain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdQit..._order&list=UL
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    We have a sax ensemble in Finland called The Helsinki Saxophone Orchestra. 15-20 players including 2-4 sopranos (two players have sopraninos and soprillos), 4-6 altos, 4-5 tenors, 4 baritones and a subcontrabass (Bb-tubax). This group has been active for two years now and our repertoire includes Pictures at an exhibition, Grieg´s Holberg suite, Fauré Pavane, Kastner Sextuor, Jörg Duda´s Suite en Sax, Berlioz´ Chant sacre etc etc.

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    Every summer I play with a large saxophone ensemble at the Stetson University Saxophone Workshop. Typically the ensemble ranges from 30-60 members, ranging from bass to sopranino. We are lucky to have a local composer arrange things for the ensemble. In the past years we have played pieces such as First Suite in Eb, Molly on the Shore, Nimrod, Elsa's Processional, Turkey in the Straw, The Irish Washerwoman, and excerpts from the Planets. Not many things can compare to playing in an ensemble with so many saxophones.

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    Check out University of Texas sax choir, Tex Sax. Headed by the sox prof Harvey Pittel. I studied and played there in the nineties. I believe they recorded a CD sometime after I graduated. Arrangements included everything from sopranino to bass. Lots of very very good players from that program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejennings View Post
    I've posted some of my saxophone choir transcriptions (along with quartets, trios, ...) at:
    http://www.classicalsax.com/Classica...eEnsembles.htm

    Enjoy,

    hello

    i am from arrgentine and i teach sax in a music conservatory.

    i downloaded your brandenbourg concert for saxes ensemble. i start the rehearsals this week with my students, when i will play in concert i will try to record.

    if you are interested in sax quartet i made some arregements of tangos ( our music) . if you want i can send you, just ask me for it

    thanks

    regards

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    I greatly enjoyed workshopping with such groups in the early 2000s (on tenor, bari and bass). I think they have possibilities for community bands, but historically, the composing tradition is generally Very Serious, based on Rascher's influence. He did more for this form than anyone.

    I always call them choirs, as brass or clarinet people do, but I recognize this is not standard practice with sax folk.
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    There is a large saxophone ensemble at the University of Miami Frost Music school that performs regularly. The department head is Dale Underwood, and once or twice a year they perform a piece that even includes Eb contrabass saxophone. When that happens, I go down to the University of Miami to play the contra part.
    Check Youtube for my videos of bass sax, contrabass sax, tubax, and soprillo:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/saxtek

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    I've organized a group, (The Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra) is now almost 5 years old. We Use Sopranino through Contrabass.

    As of late, things have gotten VERY interesting. You can learn about us here - http://www.HudsonValleySaxophoneOrchestra.com or here http://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleySaxophoneOrchestra.

    We have had new commissions, and recently performed at The Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposium. Videos are on the website.
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    This isn't really recent, but in 2001-2003, I played in a saxophone choir at West Liberty State College in WV. I think the largest group we had was 13 players. We had an Eb clarinet cover the sopranino part (since we didn't have one) along with 2 soprano, 5 alto, 2 tenor, 2 baritone, and 1 bass, which was me. I think that was the instrumentation. We played some classical (we had a great arrangement of Toccata and Fugue in Dm that we never got to perform) and every arrangement we could buy from the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra. Definitely a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graysax View Post
    I've organized a group, (The Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra) is now almost 5 years old. We Use Sopranino through Contrabass.

    As of late, things have gotten VERY interesting. You can learn about us here - http://www.HudsonValleySaxophoneOrchestra.com or here http://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleySaxophoneOrchestra.

    We have had new commissions, and recently performed at The Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposium. Videos are on the website.
    And that performance at the Symposium was fantastic!

    Well worth the price of admission... if it had been charged... that is!

    That makes it priceless doesn't it??

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    You can check out my saxophone ensemble program, the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey Saxophone Choir, on our Youtube channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaw...wqVSOFguWpO-Aw

    and our facebook page here:
    https://www.facebook.com/yocjsaxophonechoir

    Each year we enroll over 30 saxophonists in two different saxophone ensembles, have premiere several new works, and will be touring Germany in 2017.
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