Saugerties Pro Musica
   2006 / 2007 Concert Season

West Point Brass Saxophone Quartet
March 4th
, 2007

FREE Concert 
All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM

at the Saugerties United Methodist Church

on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street


SSG Brian Broelmann, Soprano Saxophone

SSG James McCain, Alto Saxophone

SFC Wayne Tice, Tenor Saxophone

SSG Chris Rettie, Baritone Saxophone


Speed Metal Organum Blues                                  Gregory Wanamaker (b. 1968)

Premier Quatuor, op. 53                                            Jean Baptiste Singelee (1812-1875)
     Andante, Allegro
     Adagio sostenuto
     Allegro vivace

Fantasy Etudes                                                          William Albright (1944-1998)
     Etude Nr. 1 “A Real Nice Number”
     Etude Nr. 3 “The Fives for Steve”
     Etude Nr. 6 “They only come out at night”


Saxophone Quartet                                                     Gregory  Wanamaker (b. 1968)
     Recitative and Declaration
     Scherzo Psycho

Histoire Du Tango                                                           Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
        Bordel 1900                                                                                   trans. Claude Voirpy
     Cafe 1930
     Night club 1960
     Concert d’aujourd’hui



The West Point Saxophone Quartet is comprised of members from the saxophone section of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York. The quartet has performed at various saxophone conferences in the United States and regularly presents clinics and recitals for schools and communities.

The West Point Saxophone Quartet performs art music from various historical periods as well as jazz and rock transcriptions. Advocates of new music, the quartet has recently recorded and premiered new works by Perry Goldstein and David Kechley, and arrangements by Mark Vinci and Joseph Abramo. The West Point Saxophone Quartet can be heard on the compact disc Fault Lines, which has received praise throughout the world.


SERGEANT FIRST CLASS WAYNE TICE (tenor saxophone) is the Concert Band's principal saxophonist, section leader and a frequent soloist with the United States Military Academy Band. Since joining the band in 1995, he has performed extensively at home and abroad. In October 2004, SFC Tice traveled to Beijing to become the first saxophone soloist to perform with the People's Liberation Army Band, the only state-level professional military band in the Chinese Republic. Other international performances that featured Tice as a soloist include the 2003 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Jonkoping, Sweden and the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal at which he performed the world premiere of David Kechley's award-winning Restless Birds Before the Dark Moon. As the soprano saxophonist with the West Point Saxophone Quartet, Tice also premiered Perry Goldstein's Abundant Air. This saxophone concerto was commissioned by the USMA Band, dedicated to the West Point Saxophone Quartet and performed at the 2004 Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance conference. Tice has also performed with the Virginia Wind Symphony, the Long Island Symphonic Winds and the Berkshire Symphony, and has given performances at Bargemusic, the New England Saxophone Symposium, the 13th World Saxophone Congress and the Asparagus Valley New Music Festival. SFC Tice can be heard performing soprano and alto saxophones on the compact disc Fault Lines with the West Point Saxophone Quartet and also on his debut solo CD, Wayne Tice Plays the Music of Yusef Lateef. SFC Tice earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Old Dominion University and a Master of Music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His saxophone teachers include Dennis Zeisler, Lynn Klock and Yusef Lateef.

STAFF SERGEANT BRIAN BROELMANN (soprano saxophone) has been a member of the United States Military Academy band since 2001. He holds degrees in music education and music performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied with Dr. Timothy Mcallister. SSG Broelmann has appeared in a number of venues, including regional, national, and international saxophone conferences, both as soloist and in chamber settings. In addition to his duties as saxophonist, SSG Broelmann appears as banjo soloist with the USMA Concert Band and performs with the West Point Dixie Players.

STAFF SERGEANT JAMES MCCAIN (alto saxophone) joined the U.S. Military Academy Concert Band in November of 2005. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Don Sinta and Gary Louie, respectively. Staff Sgt. McCain was a Yamaha Young Artist in 2001, has appeared nationally as a competition winner, recitalist, and chamber musician, and has been involved in community outreach with the Creative Access in Baltimore, and as a member of Delaware Classical Artists and the Peabody Outreach. Recent performances include with the West Point Saxophone Quartet at the NASA Biennial Conference in Iowa City, at the First Single Reed Summit in Potsdam, NY, and in Perry Goldstein’s Abundant Air for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble with the Long Island Symphonic Winds.

STAFF SERGEANT CHRIS RETTIE (baritone saxophone) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance with a minor in wind conducting from Louisiana State University where he studied saxophone with Griffin Campbell and conducting with Frank Wickes. His other earned degrees include a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Kentucky, both in saxophone performance. A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Chris has won MTNA solo competitions in Kentucky and Louisiana and, in 1995, was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist. He is a co-founder of and baritone saxophonist with the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet. As a member of the Red Stick Quartet, he performed at the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, the 43rd Annual Meeting of the College Music Society in Toronto, numerous regional and national congresses, and has been a finalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA Chamber Music Competitions. SSG Rettie has been a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point since October 2001.


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