I was already in my forties, musically only a singer (choral and folk), when I realized my true voice was the soprano saxophone – at least as played by Paul Winter. He recommended a teacher for me (Paul Cohen), and I have loved the sound of my vintage curved soprano ever since. Band composers (darn it!) rarely score for soprano sax, so I am lucky to be able to cover trumpet, cornet, and oboe parts with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble. I also play alto with the Pine Bush Community Band and the SUNY New Paltz Symphonic Band.
Patty Lee Parmalee
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