Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:
I use a Jupiter 669 alto sax and a Yamaha 23 when my Jupiter isn’t around. For mouthpieces I mostly use a Selmer Paris C* with Vandoren Java (Red) reeds.
Why did you begin studying music?
I began studying music when I started playing saxophone in the fifth grade. For the first year I didn’t take it very seriously but in sixth grade I discovered jazz music. I began to study the styles of famous saxophonists and practice a lot on the tenor sax. Eventually, in seventh grade I joined my school’s jazz band and improved greatly while attending my first public performances and jazz festivals.
Saxophone Player Justin Shagena
Located in Arizona, USA
What are you doing with music right now?
Earlier this year I began studying classical music on the cello, while performing with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Despite this, jazz music has become a part of my daily life while I’m listening, rehearsing or performing. Whether it’s at a symphony hall, a local fundraiser or just in front of my family, I perform at every chance I get. In the past year I’ve performed with various groups at places like Davies Symphony Hall, the Arizona State Fair, Mesa Arts Center and local schools, just to name a few.
Who are some of your influences?
Like lots of saxophonists who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s my main influence is Kenny G. Kenny G showed people that the saxophone could be a part of popular music and wasn’t reserved for classical and jazz. One of my other influences is John Coltrane, one of the most influential saxophonists in jazz history.
Who do you/have you studied with?
I’ve mostly studied with my school band director, who taught me most of what I know and love about jazz music.
What do you plan on doing with music in the future?
In the future I hope to go to a good school to study the saxophone and jazz music, write lots of jazz and orchestral pieces and possibly have a solo career, or join another band.
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