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July 23, 2013 > Student-led saxophone ensemble offers concert

Student-led saxophone ensemble offers concert

By Medha Raman

Inspired by a San Jose State University saxophone quartet, upcoming college freshman Anthony Prickett and his friend Khanh Nguyen decided to create Fremont's first student-led saxophone ensemble earlier this summer. Unlike most other instruments, saxophones do not have the opportunity to play in many high-level orchestras and symphonies. This ensemble overcomes this problem and provides saxophonists with a fun-filled and stimulating environment that they may not get elsewhere.

The group is comprised of ten dedicated student musicians in grades 6 through 12 and Gregory Conway, the musical director at Hopkins Junior High School. Conway has trained almost all of the students in the group and his dedication and passion is reflected in his students' enthusiasm for music. In addition to playing in the group, Conway often supplies his own educational input as well. The ensemble uses the facilities of Hopkins Junior High under Conway's guidance for rehearsals every Monday and Wednesday for an hour and a half.

The concert includes a saxophone solo by Anthony Prickett, along with a saxophone quartet and the ensemble. The quartet is made up of two alto saxophones, one soprano saxophone, and bari saxophone played by Stanley Chiang, Daniel Yang, Anthony Prickett and Khanh Nguyen, respectively. The ensemble will then perform many melodious pieces including "Moderato and Allegro" by Erland Von Koch, "Wind Octet in E Flat Major," "Op. 103" by Ludwig van Beethoven and "Aract" by Graham Fitkin.

Saxophone Concert
Sunday, July 28
4 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
37051 Cabrillo Dr., Fremont
(510) 926-0757

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