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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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!





Aug 30, 2015

Programming is such a vital part of being a performing musician.  Jon Wintringham brings his vast experience and enthusiasm for program construction into this important masterclass.  WARNING! The information here may just enhance your willingness to prepare a well thought out music program for your audience.  We hope you are encouraged by this episode.  Write us at to let us know how it impacts you. 

Aug 28, 2015

Mark & Eric share some thoughts on making sure you're ready for the beginning of school.  This checklist has some simple things, but if you haven't thought of them they might help you save a lot of time later when performance counts.  Check out our facebook group The Modern Saxophonist Community where we will post a written version of the check list so you can follow along and keep for a reminder.  Also, remember to subscribe on iTunes and follow us on Twitter @themodernsax.  BAND DIRECTORS please share with your students as this is meant to be a solid encouragement for every saxophonists success.  

Aug 26, 2015
Jonathan Wintringham Guest Spot Interview

Jonathan Wintringham joins Mark McArthur and Eric Bradley to talk about his recent travels to Japan and China for recitals and masterclasses.  Hear how Japan has influenced Jon though his studies and further concertizing while China is opening up their doors to learning saxophone with open arms.  We also discuss programming decisions and how his studies with Tim McAllister shaped him into the player he is today.   You can always find more episodes by subscibing on iTunes.  We will release his masterclass on recital programming on Monday 8/31

Aug 24, 2015
Dr. Rhonda Taylor Masterclass - 3 tips

Dr. Rhonda Taylor shares some wisdom on establishing a system for learning a new work in three short steps.  I. Do Your Homework II. Analyze III. Listen.   Host Mark McArthur also adds some insights in a conversation that may just end up saving you some time in your practice room.  Please remember to check out our website at and follow us on Twitter @themodernsax.    ENJOY!

Aug 19, 2015
Dr. Rhonda Taylor Part 2

Necropolis is the name of Dr. Rhonda Taylor's new CD.  Your host Mark McArthur interviews Rhonda about hte unique concept of the titles and process in which this CD came about.  When most think of improvised music they think jazz, but Dr. Taylor has some "haunting" information for the creation of the interesting sounds found on these tracks.  Rhonda will have a special teaching episode to be released next week.   

Aug 17, 2015
Dr. Rhonda Taylor Interview

Mark McArthur interviews Dr. Rhonda Taylor, College Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Theory at New Mexico State University.  During this episode Mark and Rhonda cover their experience at University of Arizona, saxophone influences, Influential composers and a few interesting tangents all leading up to the purpose revealed in the next episode of the reease of Rhonda's new album Necropolis.  

Aug 17, 2015

Brian Lambert and Connor O'Toole appear on the first guest spot for The Modern Saxophonist Podcast hosted by Mark McArthur and Eric Bradley.  We ask them about their experience at Las Vegas Academy, Preparing for College Auditions and what the future holds for both.  Both Brian and Connor have been students of Mark and we hope you enjoy hearing about their experience.  

Aug 15, 2015
Masterclass #1 - 3 I-t's

Our host Mark McArthur shares a core teaching value of the 3 I-T's.  In-Tune, In-Tone, and In-Time.  Eric Bradley, Connor O'Toole and Brian Lambert chime in to provide personal insight into these values that we are sure will become something to help you on your journey as a saxophonist.  For more information email or visit us at