The North American Saxophone Alliance held their biennial conference March 8-11, 2018 at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). The Mizzou Saxophone Ensemble was one of about a dozen saxophone studio ensembles that performed, including those from Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State, UMKC, and others. MU saxophone professor Leo Saguiguit conducted the ensemble performing a work by Steven Snowden, an alumnus from the 2011 summer Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF), and the world premiere of a saxophone ensemble work by Mizzou alumnus Dan Cox (BA 2014 in saxophone and composition). Professor Saguiguit served as the Program Director of the conference attended by 800 saxophonists and 200 collaborating musicians from across the United States, Canada and abroad. There was even a current student that had a work performed at this conference. Aaron Mencher (BM 2019) had one of his works, "Bluish Orange," performed by the professional ensemble International Counterpoint for saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet. Other MU alumni participating in the conference included:
- Dan Cox (BA 2014, saxophone/composition) recently completed a MM in composition from UC-Boulder and currently lives in Chicago.
- Caleb Shannon (BM 2013, saxophone performance), who is currently a DMA student at Michigan State (MM from Oklahoma State), also performed a new work by Dan Cox.
- Ben Harting (MM 2015, saxophone performance) performed with Abby Rehard (BM 2013, percussion performance).
- Chad Tucker (BM 2015, saxophone performance) attended the conference. He is a musician with the U.S. Army Bands and resides in Texas.
- Paulo Oliveira (MM, guitar and jazz performance) performed with his saxophone faculty colleague from Belmont University.
- Glenn Gillis (PhD, music education) performed with his duo partner. He is currently Professor of Saxophone, Conducting, and Music Education at University of Saskatchewan.
Other news regarding saxophone alums include Joe Rulli's (MM 2016 saxophone/jazz performance) recent hire into the US Air Force Academy Band in Coloradio Springs. He just graduated from Air Force Basic Training and will be joining the band in Colorado soon! Congratulations are also in order for Neil Ostercamp (BSED 2006, MM 2008 saxophone performance) since he recently defended his dissertation and will graduate from the Univeristy of North Carolina-Greensboro as Dr. Ostercamp this coming May!
The MU students that attended NASA were sponsored on this trip by the MU School of Music and the Mizzou Saxophone Society.
Enjoy a video of the MU saxophone ensemble performing their piece, "Panic" by Dan Cox.