DRAX is the newest ensemble-in-residence at the University of Missouri School of Music with faculty members Leo Saguiguit (saxophone) and Megan Arns (percussion). Formed in the fall of 2014, DRAX has already made its international debut at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France in July 2015. Additionally, the duo has performed at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, the Region 4 Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Oklahoma, and the Missouri Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion. Dedicated to creating new repertoire for this unique combination of instruments, DRAX recently commissioned and premiered a new work for saxophone, percussion, and electronics from award-winning Colombian composer José Martínez.
Saxophonist Leo Saguiguit joined the MU faculty in 2002 after holding previous faculty positions at Northwestern University, University of the South (Sewanee), and Emory University. His degrees are from Emory University and Northwestern, where his major teachers were Stutz Wimmer and Fred Hemke, respectively. Additional teachers include Paul Bro and Jonathan Helton. He has performed throughout the US and abroad, including France, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Cuba, China, Thailand, and the Philippines. He collaborates with many ensembles and currently performs with the Athens (Greece) Saxophone Quartet, Missouri Saxophone Quartet, Chicago Saxophone Quartet, and Trio Chymera. He has performed regularly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, and Missouri Symphony. He appears in over a dozen CD recordings, including six with the professional wind ensemble Philharmonia à Vent and three with the Athens Quartet.
Megan Arns is a percussionist, ethnomusicologist, and music educator with a diverse set of skills and a driven passion for her craft. She recently joined the music faculty of the University of Missouri as Assistant Teaching Professor of Percussion, having previously served on the faculties of Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan where she was also the Principal Timpanist of the Amman Symphony Orchestra. Active as a contemporary chamber percussionist, Megan’s recent highlights include collaborative performances in India, Jordan, Costa Rica, Ghana, and the United States at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Millennium Park, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is the editor of Rhythm! Scene, a Percussive Arts Society publication, and is a candidate for a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance & Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Megan endorses Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets and Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments.