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Saxophone event planned April 11 in Staples

STAPLES--Staples-Motley Band Director Jon Crust is bringing a day-long event titled SaxoSummit, which will feature saxophone musicians to Staples on April 11.

Ancia Quintet is a Twin-Cities based quartet of Angela Wyatt on baritone sax, Matthew Sintchak on soprano sax, David Milne on tenor sax and Joan Hutton on alto sax who will attend the April 11 SaxoSummit in Staples.Photo by Daniel Soderstrom
Ancia Quintet is a Twin-Cities based quartet of Angela Wyatt on baritone sax, Matthew Sintchak on soprano sax, David Milne on tenor sax and Joan Hutton on alto sax who will attend the April 11 SaxoSummit in Staples. Photo by Daniel Soderstrom

STAPLES-Staples-Motley Band Director Jon Crust is bringing a day-long event titled SaxoSummit, which will feature saxophone musicians to Staples on April 11.

The SaxoSummit will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m., featuring the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

Area students will host Twin Cities-based Ancia Quartet and Chicago artist Derek Brown who will also perform at the concert. A finale will be performed by the "Director Big Band" which features music directors from the surrounding area and professional musicians from Bemidji State University and North Dakota State University, with Brown and Ancia joining the group as the saxophone section.

The day of saxophone music will involve Staples-Motley students and other saxophone players from area schools. Brown will arrive for the 7 a.m. jazz band practice and Ancia will work with Staples-Motley High School students midmorning, and area school students grades six through 12 will arrive after lunch to begin a series of specialized clinic sessions including smaller saxophone groups working with the guest artists.

As of Sunday, 45 saxophone players have registered with the event, with the potential for some additional registrants. There is no fee for this event.

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This event is made possible due in part to a grant provided by Region 5 Five Wings Arts Council, Vandoren, and Eckroth Music with volunteer and assistance by the Staples-Motley Music Boosters.

The night concert will be a free-will offering. Donations made will help to defray the costs for the next planned event, the 'Low Brass Summit' scheduled Nov. 18.

Brown, a saxophone innovator, lives and performs in Chicago, and is most known for his unique solo performances throughout the world. Crossing genres from jazz to funk to classical, Brown's playing style, using creative new "beatbox-like" techniques, is wowing audiences in festivals and venues across the globe, organizers stated in a news release.

Brown is currently involved with the up-and-coming Chicago funk/fusion supergroup Low Spark, as well as his signature solo show, "BEATBoX SAX." With a fairly straightforward musical upbringing in small-town Michigan, Brown started to show some creative musical juice in the summers between years at Hope College. As one third of the jazz/bluegrass hybrid band, Afterthought, Brown began to write original tunes and experiment with the saxophone. By the time he left grad school at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music he was well on his way to creating his own approach to playing.

For the next six years, Brown was the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University, in Abilene, Texas. In between teaching classes and lessons, directing the various jazz ensembles, starting up the annual Abilene Jazz Fest, Brown challenged himself to see how full a sound he could get out of one horn, with no electronic help. Using some established techniques like slap-tonguing and double-tonguing, as well as some not-so-established techniques like various new percussive sounds and striking the sax with rings, Brown found his own sound.

Ancia is a Twin-Cities based quartet of Angela Wyatt on baritone sax, Matthew Sintchak on soprano sax, David Milne on tenor sax, Joan Hutton on alto sax. They have expertise and experience in performing at master class events. The quartet received its third Composers Commission Project grant through the American Composers Forum in 2009 for a new work for saxophone and electronics by Jeff Herriott. Other commissioned composers through the forum have included Jennifer Higdon. An advocate for contemporary music performance, the quartet has played on the Society of Composers Inc. conferences, the Sonict New Music Series, Music from Almost Yesterday in Milwaukee, Wis., and the YoungNam Composers Association in Daegu, Korea.

Ancia has presented concerts/masterclasses at the International Saxophone Masterclass with Eugene Rouseau, the Art of Music Summer Series in New York, the Brookings Chamber Music Society in South Dakota, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association Conference in Madison, Wis., and numerous university and community concert series. The quartet has performed at regional, national and international saxophone conferences in Montreal, Iowa City, Chicago, Winnipeg, Florida and Minneapolis. The quartet has collaborated with the Berlin Saxophone Quartet, including quartet and octet performances at "Klangfenster '95" in Berlin, Germany.

This past season, Ancia performed with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra playing Philip Glass' Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra, Sunday Afternoon from the Chazen, a live radio concert from Madison, Wis., the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and Studio Z in Minneapolis.

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Chicago artist Derek Brown will take part in the SaxoSummit, a day-long event, scheduled April 11 at the Staples-Motley High School.Submitted
Chicago artist Derek Brown will take part in the SaxoSummit, a day-long event, scheduled April 11 at the Staples-Motley High School. Submitted

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