The Modern Saxophonist Podcast

The Modern Saxophonist Podcast hosted by Mark McArthur will bring you interviews of saxophonists making an impact on the world of music. We intend to add value to our listener by also providing educational and inspirational episodes recorded in a conversational style for all levels of enthusiasts. Performers, Composers, Teachers, Students, Recording Artists, and Enthusiasts will all be welcome to share their stories to provoke interesting and impactful conversations.
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Mar 21, 2017

Need some fresh ideas for running your saxophone studio?  Have you ever thought it might be you mindset holding you back?  Entrepreneurship is your mission, but you need to find a model to follow after in the world of saxophone.  I get the opportunity to speak with Jessica Voigt Page in how she developed her Saxophone Academy of Austin and her new venture into helping young professions tackle some of the difficult tasks of getting started.  You are not going to want to miss this one. 

Mar 16, 2017

Dr. Brian Kauth comes on the show to discuss his dissertation on composer Roman Palester where he had to follow quite a few rabbit holes to get the vital information to complete the paper.  However, I too like Rabbit holes and found an interesting one that involves legend Jean Marie Londiex.  We get to say Happy Birthday to his mentor Wildy Zumwalt as well! Enjoy.

Mar 6, 2017

Mark talks with Dr. Nathan Mertens who just finished his Doctoral degree program at University of Texas, Austin and is now off to Japan for a unique opportunity where he will be studying and researching at Kunitachi College of Music with Masato Kumoi. When I saw Nathan's Facebook post about this very rare opportunity I had to ask him to be on the show and give us a snapshot of what he expects to experience.  Enjoy!

Feb 28, 2017

Being a saxophonist today means we have frequent run ins with technology these days.  Dave Camwell and Mark have a few pointers and some suggested app and hardware suggestions.  We cover practice tool applications, video, and audio editing platforms. I learned a ton and I'm sure you will as well.  Make sure to share with your saxophone friends and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. 


Feb 17, 2017

Have you ever dreamed of playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and wanted to know what its like to be on stage with some of the finest musicians in the world? Mark gets the opportunity to talk to Dr. J. Michael Holmes who recently toured with CSO throughout Europe.  Dr. Holmes is currently the Artist-Teacher of Saxophone and Head of Woodwinds at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.  This conversation will take you around the world and leave you encouraged about exploring the orchestral repertoire for saxophone.  

Feb 15, 2017

Mark and Kristen venture into the world of YouTube Live to record this episode.  We talk about New York, NY as being such a hub of saxophone activity from the NY office of D'Addaroo.  They end up getting into some deep conversation about being a saxophonist today and relevance.  You may be inspired by a few suggestions for performing venues and the overall brilliance of Kristen McKeon.  Enjoy!

Feb 8, 2017

Ever wonder what to talk about with your instrument repairman or what steps to take when something is a little off?  Steven Georges contacted Mark off the challenge to come on the show with this very show idea.  Mark of course was glad to take the suggestion and learned quite a few tips and tricks along the way! 

Feb 4, 2017

Here we go again! Mark is taking a chance on experimenting with a new format by creating a series of solo audio blogs.  The point is to both entertain and create a call to action.  We talk show numbers and the numerous countries to have downloaded an episode from TMSP.  Also, discusses a few things he's learned along the way.  Don't forget to join Mark for the Super Bowl... Find out details in the episode! 

Jan 28, 2017

James Barrera from Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California and Orange County School of the Arts breaks out the Henry Lindeman Method and gives a detailed break down of the benefits of using this technique.  Hearing about this air and finger coordination and special care for our relaxed movements is encouraging me to revisit some of my own playing and teaching.  Enjoy!

Jan 23, 2017

Good thing we took a break after part 1 because we completely lost track of time and had a blast talking about saxophone.  We might have gotten a little carried away, but you are sure to be both entertained and encouraged.  Dr. Henning Schroeder is the baritone saxophonist in the Capitol Quartet and also on faculty at Ohio Northern University.  Thanks for checking us out, make sure to like our Facebook page and Share this episode. 

Jan 23, 2017

Dr. Henning Schroeder, baritone saxophonist of the Capitol Quartet, sits down with Mark McArthur for a 2 part conversation.  Sax Day, Midwest, Navy Band Clinic, Germany, and PINK HEADPHONES find a way into the conversation.  Have some laughs and enjoy the ride! Thanks for listening and please share! 

Jan 19, 2017

WARNING! You may need to sit down for this one as the enthusiasm in this conversation may seriously launch you.  Dr. Jonathan Nichol and Mark McArthur sit down for a spirited conversation covering so many inspiring ways to think about saxophone study and performance.  He announces the summer camp he will be doing with the H2 quartet at University of Oklahoma and the brilliant faculty who will be teaching.  Take the time to enjoy this episode and get to know Dr. Jonathan Nichol. 

Jan 11, 2017

Mark McArthur sits down with John Seaton who is the Band Director at Las Vegas Academy and Andrew Austin who is the writer of the Ye' Olde Music Major Blog to talk about one of our favorite subjects, Solo and Ensemble Festival for middle school and high school students.  We have a few war stories, tips for success, and encouragements for anyone who is willing to decide performing in this great event is for you.  Please share this episode with anyone you know who could benefit.  

Jan 6, 2017
Chris Condon Pieces

Eric Bradley sits down with saxophone soloist and Army Band Saxophonist Chris Condon.  This episode covers Chris' new album titled Pieces and how crowd funding can be used effectively to deliver a stunning final product.  Please share and encourage your friends to check out this episode and of course Chris Condon's new album.  

Dec 16, 2016

Dr. Andrew Allen joins Mark for a fun conversation covering his time spent studying this summer at Gap, France with some of the worlds best.  Mark is heading to Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic to perform with the Desert Winds from Las Vegas, but he hits a snag along the way.  Listen and find out the unbelievable violence that ensues.  Much appreciation for Dr. Allen taking the time to talk. 

Nov 13, 2015

Mark is joined in this episode by Zachery Shemon of the PRISM Saxophone Quartet and Professor of Saxophone at University of Missouri Kansas City.  We talk about his recent performance of historical importance of the Glazunov Concerto for Alto Saxophone with Sioux City Symphony Orchestra playing on the exact old Martin saxophone Cecil Leeson used to perform the US premier in 1938.  The experience clearly left a mark with Zach. Hearing about the preparation demands using this vintage saxophone will be inspiring for any saxophonist to hear.  

We also cover his work teaching at Interlochen Arts Camp, Las Vegas NASA, Triathlon, Kelland Thomas, and Possible Grammy Nomination for PRISM.  Such a fun interview.  ENJOY!

Oct 8, 2015

Mark McArthur interviews Dr. Mike Keepe from The University of Arizona about his research into one of the most legendary and influential early American saxophone quartets, the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet.  He shares some of the experiences researching the members, Russell Cheever, Jack Dumont, Morris Crawford, and William Ulyate.  Almost no information was available until some unexpected calls led right to the families and a treasure trove of memories just waiting to be discovered.  Enjoy this episode which hopefully brings light to a few members of the saxophone world who influenced an entire generation of enthusiasts.


Sep 30, 2015

Mark and Eric had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Sal Lozano! From performing for shows like Dancing With the Stars and the Emmys to his Grammy Award winning work with the Big Phat Band and his own CD release, Sal talks about all of that and more. Don’t miss this interview with one of the greats!

Sep 24, 2015

Dave Camwell sits down with Mark and Eric for a candid interview covering topics such as the Oasis Quartet, Jazz and classical background, family life as a musician, and of course... hockey! Yes, that's right there is life outside music.  We also talk about Dave's recent blog post and his insights about being a studying musician.  Enjoy getting a chance to get to know this dedicated performer and educator in the saxophone community.  

Sep 20, 2015

Dr. Andrew Allen shares an encouragement for us to step into commissioning new literature.  Whether you commission a friend or write grants for well known composers, this episode will help you get started in creating new works for the saxophone community.  Love this quote Dr. Allen states in this episode "If it sounds good, it is good" -Duke Ellington

Sep 17, 2015

Dr. Andrew Allen from Midwestern State University shares his research about the saxophone ensemble.  From our founder Adolphe Sax to John Phillip Sousa, Sigurd Rascher, and the mordern ensembles today, the saxophone ensemble is a major part of promoting and demonstrating the saxophone.  Enjoy this journey through our instrument's history I believe is sure to inspire you to explore being in a large saxophone ensemble. 

Sep 14, 2015

Dr. Noah Getz's masterclass covers the important topic of voicing and gives some tips for exploring into the altissimo.  This is an excerpt out of his book Stratosphere which provides explanations and etudes for work in the alitssimo range.  The Rascher Top Tones and Sinta Voicing Books are also referenced and can be an important addition to your library and practice routine.  

Sep 10, 2015

Step into the void with Dr. Noah Getz in this guest spot with Mark and Eric.  We cover Noah's influences and work with Paul Cohen at Oberlin and Manhatten School of Music along with his studies at Florida State University with Dr. Patrick Meighan where he received his Doctorate.  Noah shares his devotion to his dissertation topic the Brant Concerto, and why we all need to take at adding the piece to our repertoire.  His book Stratoshpere is a must have for those wishing to explore having a confortable altissimo register.  A must have! Thanks to Noah Getz for coming on the show.   

Sep 7, 2015

Mark and Eric ask the age old question, "Does Marching Band help to improve you as a musician?".  These guys have plenty of experience both participating and teaching marching band.  They will have a few laughs and shed light on a few topics that might help you not only survive marching season, but come out on the other end ready for the next season! Band Directors, this is hopefully a perfect episod to sahre with your saxophone students who might need that extra bit of advice.  Thanks for listening.

Sep 3, 2015

What is this episode about? The proverbial “Elephant in the Room” is defined as a “question, solution, or controversial issue which is obvious to everyone who knows about the situation, but which is deliberately ignored because to do otherwise would cause great embarrassment, or trigger arguments or is simply taboo.  The idiom can imply a value judgement that hte issue ought to be discussed openly, ot it can simply be an acknowledgment that the issue is there and not going to go away by itself” – Wikipedia.  Mark and Eric may break a few unspoken rules in this episode and we are not going to reveal the elephant until we are good and ready.  Whew! HERE WE GO!





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