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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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 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 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!