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New England's Largest Saxophone Ensemble


Members of the Saxyderms have come to Boston from all over the country and from a diverse array of backgrounds. Read below to learn about the people that work so hard to bring the gift of music to countless listeners. We also maintain a list of our illustrious alumni.

Andrew Allegretti

Brown University '06, '10

Lincoln, Rhode Island

Andrew studied at Brown University where he graduated with a degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2006 (with honors) and a degree in medicine in 2010. There, he played in the Brown Wind Symphony, Brown Jazz Band, and was a founding member of the Smokin' Reed Saxtet, Brown's premiere all saxophone chamber ensemble. He has studied saxophone with Brian Sparks, Ed Tomassi, and Bill Vint. In 2010, Andrew moved to Boston, where he completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is now a fellow in nephrology at Mass General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals. He joined the Saxyderms in 2011, and has served as the Assistant Director since 2013.

Andrew plays a Cannonball SC1 Big Bell Soprano on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds and a Selmer Series II Alto on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.

Thomas Beraldi

Florida State University '04, Tufts University '06

Altamonte Springs, Florida / Lowell, Massachusetts

Tom studied concert percussion and steel drums at Florida State University. He has served as the principal percussionist of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Seminole County Honor Band, Lake Brantley High School Wind Ensemble, and Tufts Wind Ensemble. He also has been the percussionist for six musicals at Tufts and founded the short-lived Tufts Percussion Ensemble. His penchant for the saxophone grew out of the quite literal pain of carrying all that percussion equipment around from gig to gig. Tom's best skills include doing impressions of his dad, parallel parking, and getting hospitalized frequently.

Tom plays a Cannonball SC1 Big Bell Soprano on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds and a Yamaha YAS-52 Alto on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.

Ethan Brush

University of Maine '05, Purdue University '10

Fairfax, Vermont

When it came time to choose an instrument in elementary school, Ethan could not decide which one was for him. Fortunately his mother took care of things and signed him up for alto saxophone at the age of 9. The rest is history, and it goes like this:

In high school Ethan began playing the baritone sax. Notable accolades include sitting first chair in the Vermont All-State and All-New England wind ensembles as well as the Vermont All State Jazz band. In college, Ethan played alto sax for a number of local funk/groove bands around the University of Maine campus. He also played alto in the UMaine jazz ensemble under the direction of Karl Lidral. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Maine, Ethan moved to the Boston area and began working for Raytheon. He was the Saxyderms' first baritone player when the group founded in 2006. Ethan left the group for two years for the cornfields of Indiana to get a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He triumphantly returned to the Saxyderms in 2009. Some of Ethan's other interests include bicycling, skiing, and basketball.

Ethan plays an EM Winston Baritone Saxophone (made in Boston!) with Vandoren reeds.

Jessica Destramp

University of Rhode Island '10, Tufts University '12

Hudson, New Hampshire

Jess earned a bachelor's degree in jazz saxophone performance at the University of Rhode Island where she was the recipient of the Presser Scholar Award, given to an outstanding musician in his/her senior year, and the Presidential Award, earned by the graduating senior with the highest GPA in his/her field. She completed her master's degree in music theory at Tufts University studying with Janet Schmalfeldt. Jess has performed with the URI Wind Ensemble, URI saxophone quartet, URI big band, URI jazz combos, and The Ticonderogas, a Rhode Island-based ska group. She is also a freelance performer for local composers in the Boston area. When she's not playing awesome music with the Saxyderms, Jess teaches middle school general music and band at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA.

Jessica's equipment is currently unknown. She's too busy making the ensemble baked goods to tell us.

Michael Feldman

Brown University '09, '10

Commack, New York

Michael is a 17-year alto and tenor saxophone veteran. He has played in various concert and jazz bands as well as several chamber music groups, most notably the Smokin' Reed Saxtet of Brown University. Michael works at Harmonix Music Systems as a software engineer, programming audio and gameplay systems of music video games. When he's not working with a horde of music nerds, he enjoys brewing his own beer, launching model rockets, the internet, and being snooty about the superiority of pizza and bagels from New York.

Michael plays on a Selmer Super Action Series III alto saxophone with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren reeds.

Peter Goransson

Tufts University '07, Northeastern University '12

Eliot, Maine

Peter has been playing alto and tenor sax for 15 years and recently began playing baritone. At Tufts, Peter studied computer engineering and Astrophysics, competed for the cross country and track teams, and enjoyed mountain expeditions around the world. During his sophomore and junior years at Tufts he climbed the tallest peaks in Antarctica and South America. Peter has competed in endurance sports his entire life including six marathons and many triathlons. He currently works for Building Engines as a Software Engineer and recently completed his master's degree in computer systems engineering at Northeastern University.

Peter plays a Kessler Solist Baritone Sax on a Kessler Custom Bari Sax mouthpiece, a Cannonball Tenor Sax on a Kessler OL7Pro mouthpiece, and a Keilwerth Alto on a Meyer mouthpiece.

Jason Holt

Tufts University '08

Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania

Jason first picked up a saxophone in elementary school 16 years ago, after parting ways with playing piano. Jason has performed classically in symphonic and jazz bands throughout high school, including two Pennsylvania district band festivals and sitting as first alto in his high school jazz big band. He continued playing saxophone at Tufts, joining multiple trips to Europe with the Tufts Wind Ensemble and playing in overunderground, a Philly/Boston-area rock group. Jason graduated with a double major in Economics and Psychology, and now works at McKinsey & Company as a Research Analyst. When he's not playing saxophone, Jason also performs in Zikukim, a Boston-area Israeli Dance troupe.

Jason plays a Yamaha YAS-62 alto on a Meyer 5 mouthpiece and Vandoren Java reeds.

Marc Mayes

Brown University '09, University of Wisconsin-Madison '11

Cleveland, Ohio

Marc Mayes got his musical start to life in the great city of Cleveland, Ohio, studying piano from elementary though high school. After hearing his Dad play sax for many years, he began playing tenor saxophone in middle school. In high school, Marc began playing Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Preludes and Fugues on sax, transcribing them for sax duets and trios and organizing fellow band members to play them, and has been addicted to saxophone ensembles ever since. With Andrew Allegretti and Nat Seelen, he co-founded the Smokin' Reed Saxtet at Brown University in fall 2005. While pursuing an ScB in Geology and Chemistry, Marc studied saxophone with Dr. Brian Sparks, and played in the Brown University Wind Symphony and the Jazz Band. Thanks to a tip from his brother Greg Mayes (Tufts '09), Marc invited the Saxyderms to play with the Saxtet at the Inner Chamber saxophone festival in February 2008, and ever since, Saxtet and Saxyderm musicians have grown to be one saxy musical family. Although Marc returned to the Midwest for his M.S. in Environmental Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-2011), he could not stay away from great sax for long. He reunited with the Saxtet and Saxyderm friends in 2011 after returning to Brown to pursue his PhD in Geological Sciences, where he maps patterns of land development in East Africa and Turkey using satellite data and geographic information systems (GIS), and studies the consequences of development for ecosystem carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, soil and water resources. While not playing sax, doing labwork or venturing abroad for fieldwork, Marc enjoys swimming, running, bicycling and kayaking.

Marc plays a Buescher tenor with a Meyer 7 or Selmer C* mouthpiece, and Van Doren Java and V16 reeds. He also enjoys playing soprano sax (a 1914 Conn straight soprano he shares with his Dad) and Ethan's baritone.

Evan Weixel

Tufts University '11

Marlborough, Massachusetts

In the fourth grade, Evan was told by his elementary school music teacher that he would make an excellent trombone player. Disregarding that advice, he decided to take up the saxophone, and has never looked back. Over 13 years later, he continues to enjoy playing saxophone, having played with a number of groups, including the Massachusetts Central District Band, the Tufts University Wind Ensemble, and the Tufts University Saxophone Quartet (TUSQ). He graduated from Tufts University where he majored in Chemical and Biological Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, working as an A/V tech at events all across the Tufts campus, and creating and brewing his own beer recipes.

Evan plays a Yamaha Custom Z Tenor on a Vandoren T20 mouthpiece and Vandoren reeds.

Kose Yamaguchi

Berklee College of Music '01

Tokyo, Japan

Kose has been internationally performing since 1990. He has vast knowledge and experience in different styles of music such including classical, jazz, Japanese, Cuban, Brazilian, Andean, Afro Peruvian, R&B, Haitian, Cape Verdean, Chilean and Argentinean. He has worked on concerts with notables such as Youssou N'Dour, Kassav, Martinho da Villa, Milton Nascimento, Huey Lewis and The News, Toots and Maytals, Daniela Schächter and Mauricio Zottarelli among others. He has also worked on numerous recordings with Frantz Rolles of Legendary Haitian Group Volo Volo.

Besides the Saxyderms, Kose locally performs in Boston area with Po-Boys, Eleanor and The Tasties, and Bloco Afrobrazil on a regular basis while he prepares for his new project, the "Kose Yamaguchi Septet".

Kose plays Yamaha YAS-32 on a Jody Jazz DV Mouthpiece with Vandoren ZZ Reeds.

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