National Saxophone Day
National Saxophone Day is commemorated every year on November 6. Saxophone Day marks the woodwind instrument which is popularly used in jazz, classical music, and military ensembles. National Saxophone Day also honors the birth anniversary of Adolphe Sax (instrument maker and musician who designed the first saxophone in 1840). Hence Saxophone Day is a perfect day to honors this primary tools in jazz music by listening to some great saxophone music.
“I love the sound of the saxophone. It became my singing voice, and it sounds so human. The saxophone could carry the words past the border of words. It can carry it a little bit farther.” – Joy Harjo
History of National Saxophone Day
The origin and the founder of National Saxophone Day were still unknown. But the date of November 6 was chosen to honour the birth date of Adolphe Sax. Born on November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax created many musical tools including the saxophone. Sax designed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840s and on June 28, 1846, he received a 15-year patent for the saxophone instrument. The patent included 14 different versions of the original design, split into two categories of seven instruments, ranging from sopranino to contrabass. After the expiry of Sax’s patent in 1866, various saxophonists and instrument manufacturers executed their improvements to the original design and critical work.
The Saxophone comes in various varieties, even though most of the saxophonists use one of the four most popular types (Tenor, baritone, alto, and soprano saxophones). The tenor saxophone is used in jazz and rock music bands, while the baritone saxophone tends to be reserved for jazz solos. The Alto Saxophone is very simple to play, and therefore it can be used to train the beginners. The Soprano plays the largest pitch among all saxophones and is also frequently played in jazz bands. Other types of saxophone include Mezzo Soprano, Sopranino, Tubax, Bass, and Contrabass.
Other Celebrations on November 6
November 6 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate National Saxophone Day
The best way to celebrate National Saxophone Day is by listening to the broad range of music that the saxophone has contributed to. You can also attend a chamber music, jazz or symphony band concert. If you want to learn how to play the saxophone, then it is a perfect day to pick up this most beautiful of the woodwinds and start practicing. Share your thoughts about Saxophone Day on social media’s by using the hashtag #SaxophoneDay.