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Saxtravaganza takes the stage for 15th year!

The 13th annual Saxtravaganza concert will be held on Sunday, June 22 at 7:00pm at the Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park; 24151 Newhall Ave., Santa Clarita, California. Twenty saxophonists, ranging in age from 13 to 60, will meet for 3 hours each day prior to the concert, to prepare for this program. This year we will feature the music of Suppe, Jenkins, Handal, King, and many others.

The saxophone ensemble has a truly unique sound and dynamic range. There is plenty of evidence that very large ensembles with as many as 100 players were formed during the early part of the twentieth century. Their popularity may have been driven by their use in ragtime and vaudeville. Ms. Maxwell attributes the traveling organizations of John Phillip Sousa and others with being an even bigger factor in the first saxophone craze. Since that time there has only been a few scattered revivals of this music.

Make plans to come hear this musical ensemble. Listen to a bit of saxophone history and glimpse what the future may have in store.

The purpose of Saxtravaganza

Saxtravaganza was started fifteen years ago by Kathleen Maxwell as an outgrowth of her research in historical saxophone performance. Since then, the group has grown into an important mentoring group for this area's saxophonists. Private teachers, band directors who play saxophone, and seasoned professionals are all encouraged to join. A certain level of proficiency is required of all who plan to participate, and auditions are held during the month of May. Music arrangers are also encouraged to submit materials for reading. This provides the group with some of its most enjoyable music.

Who can audition ? Junor High and High School students, with a minimum of two years ensemble experience, and with teacher referral, can audition. In addition, college students, adult hobbiests, and seasoned professionals are also encouraged to audition. Registration and auditions are required.

When are auditions? Auditions are held in May and June. For auditions, call 661-291-1729 or send email to

When is the performance? June 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park. 24151 Newhall Ave., Santa Clarita, California

What kind of music should I expect? Expect the unexpected. Come prepared for a little classical, swing, and maybe a ragtime number or two.

Are there any fees involved? Fees are paid prior to music distribution.

Are there tickets available for the Saxtravaganza Concert? Admission to this community concert is FREE.

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