• Posted on June 22, 2019 1:49 am

    By Richard J. Chandler, MA, Composer​In 2018, I completed a new work based on the life of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. The narrator of the piece tells Sax's story in the first person as if Adolphe Sax himself returned from the afterlife and told us his life story.Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & NarratorSax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance's Region 3 Conference by The University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet March 16th, 2019.  It was heard in the University of Minnesota music recital hall by an audience of saxophone enthusiasts from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota & Iowa. Many were students, music professors, professional and educator saxophonists. ​The University of Minnesota Saxophone QuartetThe quartet is under the leadership of Dr. Preston Duncan.  Quartet members are: Christopher Dickhaus, Soprano Saxophone ​Russell Sweet, Alto Saxophone ​​Adam Shaw, Tenor Saxophone ​​Emily Brewer, Baritone Saxophone ​​Ronnie Bell, II, ​​​Narrator, as the ghost of Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax Narrates His LifeAdolphe Sax invented saxophones as well as the modern bass clarinet and a family of brass instruments called "Saxhorns," which are now known as "Flugelhorns."What follows are the highlights of his life based on my research and source material from the book: Adolphe Sax, 1814-1894: His life and legacy by Wally Horwood.These are the words used in my work, Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator. Please listen to the YouTube Video as you read the words. Note: the words in bold italic are spoken with the music and the rest of the words between the music.

  • Posted on October 12, 2018 3:27 am

    Our CloudWinds Trio is excited to play a part in the upcoming special services celebrating baptism taking place at Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pine Cone Rd N, Sartell, MN 56377. We are honored to be a part of the 8:30 am and the 10:30 am services on January 13th, 2019. Our involvement begins 8 minutes prior to each service and we play throughout most of the service. We look forward to meeting members of the congregation as we do our part to contribute to the worship service. We appreciate the opportunity extended to us by the Celebration Lutheran Church Director of Worship & Music Ministries, Jennifer Ambrosier.  

  • Posted on October 1, 2018 1:40 am

    Late this summer, our The CloudWinds Trio performed for an outdoor wedding just north of St Cloud, MN. The setting was beautiful. It took place in the yard, underneath large pine trees at a residence along the Mississippi River. Using our usual instrumentation of flute, clarinet, and bassoon, we played relaxing pieces by composers Kummer and Bozza as prelude music. For the wedding ceremony, we played an arrangement that I made of the Lana Del Ray version of "Once Upon a Dream." Right after the ceremony, we played a variety of pieces with me switching from bassoon to tenor saxophone. Later that evening, Al joined the Jazz band from Minneapolis on tenor saxophone. Tom and I sat in for one piece each with Tom on clarinet and me on alto saxophone. We had a great deal of fun and look forward to playing for more weddings! Best, Richard Chandler        

  • Posted on June 5, 2018 2:34 am

    I am very excited to have finished writing a new 12-minute work called "Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet and Narrator." It is like the ghost of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, returns from the dead to tell his life story, which is interspersed with the music. And a colorful life it was! Intrigue, betrayal and an assassination attempt by rival instrument manufacturers!