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I am interested in networking with other saxophone players of all levels of experience and answering questions about varied techniques and methods of training, specific brands and models made, mouthpieces, reeds, and various other questions about performance.

Experience in the area

I have been playing sax since 1977 where as a student of the clarinet I wanted to play the instrument of my Jazz heroes. I studied under Berklee College of Music renowned Jazz theorist Andrew Jaffe and I have a degree in Music Business from Berklee. I have traveled and performed in several countries mostly in Europe and North America. As an instructor, I have taught students from beginning through college/professional performance ability. I previously owned The Horn Doctor, a band instrument repair shop. Since 1998, I have been playing alto and tenor sax with the Dexter Thomas Band which is an 11-piece horn-band playing hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I play saxophone in the worship and praise band at my local church as well.


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Berklee College of Music, Boston Massachusetts - Bachelors Degree, Music Business/Management Tomlinson College, Cleveland Tennessee - Associates Degree, Music Education/Mass Communications

What do you like about this subject?

I love playing the saxophone and experiencing more about it everyday.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

The saxophone is a wonderful instrument which allows a player of any performance level to express themselves in a pleasing, artistic manner. I hope to share knowledge and learn more through this online platform of networking.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are 15 different varieties of saxophone. Bb Sopranissimo, Bb Soprano, Bb Tenor, Bb Bass, Bb Subcontrabass (aka. Tubax or the Saxophone Burdon), Eb Soprano, Eb Alto, Eb Baritone, Eb Contrabass, F sopranino, F Alto (mezzosoprano), F Baritone, F Contrabass, C Soprano, C Tenor (C-melody), C Bass,. All were invented by Adolphe Sax except for the Bb Sopranissimo.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The saxophone is also known to many as the “Devil's Horn.” The instrument has a history of over 160 years as a controversial classical, jazz and rock instrument. There is a book on this by the same name written by Michael Segell. He tells the tale of a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative passions.

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Recent Answers from Gwen Shroyer

2016-07-22 alto choices:

Mark,    Thank you for asking me the question about stepping up to a semi-pro sax from the student Yamaha that you are currently playing.    I love the tone and play-ability of a Cannonball brand horn

2016-04-11 Alto saxophone make/model:

John,    Thank you for sending me your question about the make and model of your alto saxophone.     The photos that you sent were helpful as I could narrow it down very quickly to the manufacturer of

2016-03-28 saxophone -alpha foreign brand:

Faiz,    Thanks for sending me your question about the tenor saxophone that your grandfather has.    I am not familiar with the brand "Alpha Foreign" and believe it most likely to be a stencil or copy

2016-01-10 YORK Alto Saxophone:

Torrie,    Thank you for asking your question about the York Saxophone that you are considering to purchase. I believe that you have found one that is absolutely from the York company that made instruments

2015-12-13 voll true 2:

Joe,    I appreciate you asking me your question about the King Voll-True II Alto Saxophone that you inherited. Just like you stated, vintage horns are quirky. I find them to each have their own distinctive


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