Competitions can a healthy way to compete with other peers, collaborate, and learn from one another. In music, this kind of collaboration is important for pushing each other to improve their skills and after all, music is MUCH more fun with other people! The Young Lion Saxophone Challenge is a Northern California based competition for middle and high school jazz saxophone students. The competition is directed by myself and sponsored by West Valley Music in Mountain View, CA. Students can apply by submitting audition recordings by the deadline (April 29th) and wait to hear if they made it to the live audition. Twenty finalists (ten middle school and ten high school) will be chosen to attend the live audition in front of a panel of judges. Prizes for first, second, and third place include a Manning Custom saxophone case, a Jody Jazz Mouthpiece, a $200 D'Addario voucher, and much more!
This year we will be featuring Los Angeles's own Bob Sheppard as the guest clinician and performer for the masterclass. Bob is internationally acclaimed and is one of the top-call (if not THE top-call) saxophonists in Los Angeles. All six winners will be invited to perform with Bob in the final masterclass. It will be held at Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA on May 13th from 6-8pm. This event is open to the public and is sure to be a great educational night of music. To buy tickets, visit the West Valley Music website HERE. Check out the video below of Bob Sheppard and we hope to see you there!