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New England's Largest Saxophone Ensemble

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Christopher Ayers

Alto, Baritone



Matthew Davis

Tufts University '12

Randolph, New Jersey

Matthew Davis was an All-State alto saxophonist for (you guessed it!) New Jersey. Other ensemble credits include the New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) Wind Ensemble on alto, tenor and baritone, the NYSMF Big Band on alto, principal alto/soprano saxophone with the New Jersey All State Band, Morris/Essex county Area Band, and the Rockaway Community Band. He has performed under the baton of prolific saxophone- guru Paul Cohen in the NYSMF Classical Saxophone Institute. He has spearheaded the Randolph Saxophone Quartet (soprano), and the fledgling Tufts Saxophone Quartet (TUSQ, soprano saxophone). He is a member of the International Saxophone Quartet (baritone). Matt is a winner of the DeGrado Competition, and has performed in the Weil Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY. He has also preformed as a soloist with the New Jersey Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall, NY. At Tufts, he is a member of TUSQ, the Jazz Orchestra (baritone), and the Wind Ensemble (alto). But none of this matters, because he is a chemistry major from New Jersey.

Matt plays a Yanigasawa S992 Soprano on an R. L. Caravan mouthpiece and Alexander Classiques reeds and a Selmer Series II Alto on an R. L. Caravan mouthpiece and Alexander Classiques reeds.



Michelle Eilers

Alto

Michelle Eilers has performed with the Texas Association of Small School Bands All State Band all four years in high school on the alto saxophone as well as the University of Texas Honors Wind Ensembles on the soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones.

She has participated in region jazz bands on alto and tenor saxophone and performed with the Austin Saxophone Quartet for a special performance on baritone saxophone. She also performs with the Tufts Wind Ensemble. Michelle comes to us from Schulenberg, Texas and is currently studying anthropology and community health at Tufts University. She is expected to pursue a master's degree in public health next year.

Michelle plays on a Selmer Mark VI alto with a Selmer C* Mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds and a Selmer Mark VI baritone with a Selmer C** mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.

Amireh (Amy) Golesorkhi

Alto

Christopher Hazenbush

Alto

Matthew Iannacci

Soprano



Jordan Jastrab

Alto

Jordan is extremely proud to be a part of the Saxyderms since its inaugural semester. He has been playing classical and jazz saxomophone [sic] for 11 years, and has been a part of the all-Bergen County and Northern New Jersey Region I bands, in addition to several award winning marching bands and pit orchestras.

Jordan grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He currently works as a researcher at Boston Children's Hospital and is furiously applying to M.D./Ph.D. programs because he is evidently a masochist.

Jordan plays a Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series II alto on a Selmer C* or Meyer 5 mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.

Christine Mumma

Tenor



Michael Pierfelice

University of Michigan-Dearborn '05, Northeastern University '12

Allen Park, Michigan

Mike has been playing the alto saxophone since he was nine. In high school, he played in the marching and symphony bands for two years before becoming a jazz band specialist for the last two. He also played in the Henry Ford Community College-based Metropolitan Symphony Band, and the very underground blues band People With Day Jobs. After obtaining two engineering degrees from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Mike ventured out to Boston in '06 seeking employment, something that doesn't exist in or around Allen Park, Michigan, where he was born and raised. Mike is known as a gritty, hard-working guy and a great teammate who brings loads of moxie and intangibles.

Mike plays a Yamaha YAS-52 Alto with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Rico Royal reeds as well as a Conn 10M Tenor with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren Java reeds.



Justin Wage

Alto

Note: Justin's bio was cruelly written by the management. Enjoy!

Justin comes to us from Belle Mead, New Jersey and is majoring in biological sciences at Tufts University. Like so many other Jumbos from New Jersey, he has an inexplicable desire to go to medical school. The only solace we take in this is that he alone may be able to be world's second most giant doctor (after JD + Turk, of course).

We assume that he has some musical accolades prior to being at Tufts. What we do know is that he has been a member of the Tufts Wind Ensemble like so many other of his Saxyderms colleagues. He also is a emergency medical technician with Tufts Emergency Medical Service. Besides that, most of his time is devoted to studying and needlessly worrying about not getting into medical school. Oh yeah, supposedly he's a licensed bartender but he hasn't made any of us a drink yet. Too busy worrying I guess.

Justin's horn and reeds are still a mystery to the group. So let's just say he plays an alto saxophone carved from the thigh bone of a mastodon.



Jamie Silver Willmott

Harvard University '07, Brandeis University '12

Coral Springs, Florida

Jamie is a migrant from the tropical land of South Florida. Don't ask why she continues to live in Boston! Told at the tender age of 11 that her hands were too small and she would never be able to play the saxophone well, Jamie stubbornly went on to be a proud saxophony member of the award-winning JP Taravella High School Band, playing in the marching band, jazz band, and wind ensemble. She worked hard and was lucky enough to participate in several honor bands, such as All-State, All-County, and Festival of Winds. In college, she marched/scrambled with the Harvard University Band and had a blast. Jamie loves her adorable curved soprano because it fits her freakishly tiny hands just perfectly!

Jamie plays an E.M. Winston Soprano on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds and a Yamaha Custom alto on a Selmer Larry Teal mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.



Mathew Willmott

Massachusetts Institute of Technology '03, Northeastern University '07, Drexel University '10

Weymouth, Massachusetts

Mat was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and has performed with the Weymouth High School Concert Band and Jazz Band, the MIT Wind Ensemble, the MIT Concert Band, and various other local groups. He played for over three years in the Boston Music Award nominated ska band Jumpsuit Jerry, with whom he recorded and released the independently distributed full-length album, Back in the Day. Mat can currently also be seen playing in the Charles River Wind Ensemble, and local soul-pop band Miss Fairchild. In his day job, Mat works as the Physics Librarian and Collections Specialist at MIT.

Mat plays a Yanagisawa B901 baritone on a Yanagisawa 5 mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.

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