How to Develop Your Lead Alto Player

How to Develop Your Lead Alto Player

Playing lead alto saxophone in a jazz ensemble is fun, but carries certain responsibilities. The lead alto player sets the intonation, style, and dynamics for the saxophone section, while also matching the intonation, style, and dynamics of the brass section. This can be a big responsibility for a middle school or high school saxophonist.

Arranging for the Young Jazz Combo

Andrew Stonerock

You don’t have to be a seasoned big band arranger to write for jazz combo. Just as the combo format can be less intimidating to student performers — providing great opportunities for interaction and improvisation — it’s also more welcoming to less experienced arrangers. Even if you’ve never arranged for jazz combo before, the following tips can help you be successful and provide more opportunities for your students.