top of page


The Intersection of Football and Music

Excerpt — "As any conductor that has worked with a musical ensemble for long enough has learned, having a successful program is more than just your knowledge and passion for the music. Important aspects like recruiting, time management, and personnel depth all influence our final product on stage. "

What To Do With All Those Saxophones?

Using Small Ensembles To Educate The Abundance Of Young Saxophonists In Public School

Excerpt — "A recent conversation at the end of the 2014-15 school year with a middle school band colleague revealed some startling news: he had 30 incoming saxophonists joining his 6th grade band the following year. Across the state of New Jersey the saxophone is one of the most popular starting instruments in elementary school, giving many other directors at all grade levels a similar problem: what to do with all those saxophones?"

The Use of the Saxophone in the Music of Jules Massenet

Dr. Jordan P. Smith's newly published research about Jules Massenet and the saxophone appeared in the 2013/2014 edition (volume 36-37) of The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published by the North America Saxophone Alliance (NASA).

Sergei Prokofiev and the Saxophone:
"Lieutenant Kijé" Film and Symphonic Suite

As published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Saxophone Journal, Jordan P. Smith explores Sergei Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite, a standard orchestral work for saxophonists and yet one that few recognize as an important work in Prokofiev's musical career. The article illuminates Prokofiev's penchant for the saxophone and most likely his first documented exposure: at the premier of Glazunov's Saxophone Quartet in 1933.

The research article by Dr. Smith takes an in-depth look at topics including:

  • Prokofiev's first possible exposures to the saxophone

  • The transformation of the Lieutenant Kijé film to symphonic suite

  • Impact on Prokofiev's future works

Download the full research article here:

bottom of page