About Us

The members of the Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSAXQ), in addition to holding graduate degrees in music, have diverse musical backgrounds and experiences.

Performing together for thirty years, this ensemble tours regularly throughout the United States. Past tours have included the Republic of China, where they performed concerts on national radio and television. They have been heard daily for the past three years playing newsbreaks for “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio. Their latest CD, Daydream, has been reviewed very favorably on National Public Radio.

Known for their rich harmonies and refined sounds, they can be heard on Voice of America. The Washington Saxophone Quartet has proved to its audiences what Europeans have known for decades: the saxophone is a versatile instrument, capable of the widest range of musical ideas. Their performances evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.

The Washington Saxophone Quartet’s performances evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.

In twenty-one years of giving recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China, and on radio and television worldwide, the Quartet has become an ensemble that draws on a rich repertoire and wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background. Whether in Annapolis or Beijing, WSaxQ’s music has met with enthusiasm and excitement. Seasoned music lovers, newcomers to chamber music, and students alike appreciate the group’s musicality coupled with its warm, engaging performance style. Paul Hume of The Washington Post declared the Quartet’s playing “expert.” Students attending the ensemble’s concerts in Beijing in 1995 were inspired to form their own saxophone ensemble, which gave a concert in the group’s honor on its return tour of China, in 1997.

As past and present players in the elite, “special” military bands in the nation’s capital, WSaxQ’s members have performed thousands of concerts in schools throughout the United States, affording them a special insight into programs for young people. As a special community service, since 1992 the Quartet has presented an annual benefit recital for Loaves and Fishes, a ministry to feed the homeless in Washington, D.C. A highlight and honor for the group was being chosen to perform for the 1997 Presidential Inauguration.

In 1996, WSaxQ celebrated its twentieth year with the release of a CD, “To China and Bach,” which highlights music from the 1995 China tour. The latest recording, “Daydream” features romantic favorites. WSaxQ is on the Americus CD label.