Saxophone Studio


Recent Activities

The Jolly Old St. Saxophones -with Dr. Golemo- bring holiday cheer into the community
Louis, Jill and Brandon play a special ceremony at The Knoll
Louis, Brandon and Brandon help present an improvisation clinic at the IMEA conference
Matt, Brandon and Jill mug with Dr. Golemo in front of Stonehenge
Matt, Brandon, and Jill sport ear-to-ear grins at the Saint Sebastian cathedral in Bruges
Louis tackles Fisher Tull's Colloquy for saxophone and percussion
Mark plays the Old Castle solo in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an ExhibitionI
Mark interprets Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud with the ISU Wind Quintet
Mark and Nathan wrestle through Slap Me! by Barry Cockroft
Nathan rocks out on a tune by Florence and The Machine
Louis and Brandon play an interactive music game as artists-in-the-schools
Brandon, Jill, Louis and Mark humbly demonstrate chamber music techniques
Kyle, Mark and Nathan open for Bruce Springsteen at Hilton Coliseum
with Dr. Kris Bryden, after playing her piece Rotations at the Iowa Composers Forum
Brandon, Jill, Louis and Mark play a world premiere at the Opus Central Cafe
Matt plays Music for an Outdoor Festival by Robert Aldridge
Nathan strikes a pose with the Cyclone Marching Band
Cy tries to play Nathan's horn with the ISU Pep Band
Matt plays Tableaux De Provence for the Cyclone Honor Band
Ben plays Brillance by Gotkovsky in a master class with Matt Sintchak
Decked out in salt mine tour garb in Salzburg
Matt plays Phoenix by Ryo Noda. Japanese narration by Michiyo
The whole studio & rhythm section, after playing Supersax charts
Live radio performance of Quartet #1 by Bob Mintzer
Behind the scenes...
Alexa plays Trio for flute, saxophone, & piano by Russell Peterson
Matt plays Concertino da camera with the ISU Symphony Orchestra
Playing The Six Brown Brothers charts with bass saxophonist Paul Lindemeyer
Playing in front of the Golden Roof, Innsbruck '11
With Denise Knaack, after playing her piece Making Widgets for the Iowa Composers Forum Festival


Our saxophone students have received scholarships, appeared on youtube, soloed with orchestras, played gigs that paid, taught private lessons, opened for national jazz acts, worked with composers, marched in Yankee Stadium, attended major festivals, done pit work for musicals, traveled Europe, recorded with Simon Estes, advanced to graduate school, won teaching jobs, and most importantly - GRADUATED!!!


Members

Brandon Friederich – junior
double major Music & Journalism

  • Which film star should play you in the movie about your life?
    Paul Rudd
  • What kind of gear do you use?
    Selmer Reference 54, Bonade ligature, Vandoren blue box, black mouthpiece
  • Describe your favorite hat.
    I’d rather shave my head.
  • What is the best dessert you have ever eaten?
    Mexican flourless chocolate cake w/strawberry glaze
  • What rhymes with cyclone?
    Pizzone

Louis Dupuis – sophomore
Music Education

  • Which film star should play you in the movie about your life?
    Duane “The Rock” Johnson
  • What kind of gear do you use?
    Selmer Mark VI, Vandoren A20 mouthpiece, Versa ligature, Rico Reserve
  • Describe your favorite hat.
    The kind that holds beverages
  • What is the best dessert you have ever eaten?
    Heath Bar Cheesecake
  • What rhymes with cyclone?
    Saxophone

Jill Burdick – sophomore
Music Education

  • Which film star should play you in the movie about your life?
    Jennifer Lawrence
  • What kind of gear do you use?
    Selmer Paris Series III, Jubilee Edition, Selmer S80, Rovner ligature
  • Describe your favorite hat.
    Straw, light, chin strap, sexy
  • What is the best dessert you have ever eaten?
    Chocolate cheesecake
  • What rhymes with cyclone?
    Pine cone

Ben Nelson – sophomore
double major Music & History

  • Which film star should play you in the movie about your life?
    Jude Law
  • What kind of gear do you use?
    Selmer Paris Series II, Selmer C*, Vandoren M/O ligature, Vandoren V12
  • Describe your favorite hat.
    A sombrero bedazzled with lots of sequins
  • What is the best dessert you have ever eaten?
    Ice cream sandwiches
  • What rhymes with cyclone?
    Traffic cone

Brandon Waring – freshman
Music Education

  • Which film star should play you in the movie about your life?
    Robert Downey Jr.
  • What kind of gear do you use?
    Yamaha 82Z, Selmer C*, Vandoren blue box
  • Describe your favorite hat.
    Red, dome on the back, curved on the front, cyclone logo
  • What is the best dessert you have ever eaten?
    Bishop’s Chocolate Ambrosia Pie
  • What rhymes with cyclone?
    Spy phone

Michael Giles


Michael Giles

Senior Lecturer



A native Iowan, Mike teaches all things saxophone and runs the lion’s share of jazz activities at Iowa State University. He is a vibrant and accessible musician, exceptional in both the classroom and the concert hall. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to music have made him a recognizable voice throughout the Midwest. Mike is active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. He has released several albums to high acclaim, and has been showcased as a soloist at many reputable concert venues and festivals both domestically and abroad. His primary teachers include vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson, avant garde artist John Rapson, and contemporary saxophonist Matt Sintchak. He received his degrees from the in-state rival University of Iowa. Learn more about Mike through his website creativemusicstuff.com

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