Saxophone Day is today. The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more. It’s only fitting that this great instrument has a day of recognition all to its own.
The Saxophone was invented around 1840. It was created by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker. The sax is made of brass.
Adolphe Sax invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. The 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004. It is the smallest Saxophone.
Some famous Saxophone Players (Alphabetical order):
- John Coltrane
- Stan Getz
- Coleman Randolph Hawkins “Hawk”
- James Moody
- Charlie “The Bird” Parker
- Lester Prez Young