National Saxophone Day:
Observed on November 6th every year, this day is dedicated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Adolphe Sax born on November 6th, 1814. Mr. Sax is the inventor of one of the key instruments in jazz music – the Saxophone! In Fact, he invented many other musical instruments too!
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Why National Saxophone Day?
The Saxophone Day is a day to commemorate the birth date and the contributions of Adolphe Sax to the music industry!
During the early 1840s, Mr. Sax created the saxophones in different sizes. On June 28th, 1846, he was given a patent on the Saxophone for 15years! The patent included 14 versions of his original design from Sopranino to contrabass!
After the patent expired in 1866, many instrument manufacturers and Saxophonists added their improvements to the original work!
Now we can see many varieties of Saxophones but only one of the four most popular types is used by Saxophonists i.e. the Tenor, baritone, Soprano, and Alto Saxophones!
The Rock music and Jazz music bands usually use the tenor Saxophone. Solo performers generally opt for baritone saxophone. Alto Saxophone is simple to play and thus used to train beginners. The most frequently used Saxophone for large pitch is the Soprano, it is played in Jazz bands.
How can we Observe National Saxophone Day?
- Play your Saxophone!
If you are a Saxophonist, pick up your favorite Saxophone and play your favorite music solo or along with your band for family friends! Record a video of your music or take pictures and have fun sharing on social media using hashtags #NationalSaxophoneDay and #SaxophoneDay
- Attend a music concert that includes Saxophones!
It’s the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends and family over some Saxophone notes! Attend a Jazz or chamber music concert or a symphony orchestra in your locality.
- Learn to play the saxophone!
If you want to take a musical adventure, today is the perfect opportunity to explore saxophone music! Enroll for a class and get started!
- Listen to Saxophone Music
Another splendid way to observe this day is by listening to some Saxophone Music! You may try listening to one of the best jazz or jazz Saxophone Albums
- Share your thoughts on Social Media
You may observe this day by sharing your thoughts about the Saxophone and its inventor Alphonse Sax! Write a blog or make a vlog to raise awareness about Saxophone and its many contributions in the field of Music!
Interesting Facts about National Saxophone Day:
Did you know these fun facts surrounding the Saxophone!
- Adolphe Sax was the inventor of the Saxhorn, Saxtuba and the Saxotromba along with the Saxophone
- Adolphe Sax registered his Saxophone invention in 1846. He began to work on the Saxophone after moving to Paris in 1842
- The saxophone consists of a metal body and a single beating reed that a player controls through their mouth tightness
- Although the Saxophone is generally associated with Jazz music, it also was successfully used for symphonic music such as Berlioz, Biznet, and Massenet!
- The Saxophone is closely associated with the Clarinet. But the Saxophone fingering is much easier as the high and low octaves have the same fingering! The clarinet, however, requires learning different fingering for low and high octaves!
- The clarinets were very popular in Jazz music and many resisted the Saxophone when it was first introduced
- In 1958, ‘The Big sound’ and ‘Grove Blues’ were recorded on a single day by Gene Ammons, the founder of the Chicago School of Tenor Sax
- Saxophones are generally made of brass whereas some models are partially made with more precious metals such as copper, bronze, or sterling silver.
- In the 1950s and 1960s Grafton brand produced plastic Alto Saxes. The body was made using injection-molded plastic and keys were metal.
- One of the main components for generating the sound in a Saxophone is the mouthpiece. Initially, mouthpieces were made with wood now they are replaced with rubber mouthpieces
- Contrabass is the largest Sax that is produced commercially! It is 6’4” tall and weighs only 45 pounds.
History of National Saxophone Day:
In 2015, the Sax Open Project composed of a group of Saxophonists and music composers declared 12th of June as the first annual World Saxophone Day observed by a week-long festival by the World Saxophone Congress.
The origin and the creator of National Saxophone Day are Unknown.
The date November 6th was chosen to honor the birth anniversary of Adolphe Sax born on November 6th, 1814 for inventing the Saxophone and other musical instruments.