The Adagio Sax Quartet (ASQ), a small ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, will perform music from the Great American Songbook, Dixieland, rags and classical. Songs such as Blue Skies and Stella by Starlight are from the Great American Songbook. The quartet does several ragtime selections, including Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag and the lesser-known Mississippi Rag. Classical pieces include Bach's Little Fugue and Bizet's Carmen Fantasy. Most of us are familiar with the sax in swing bands, jazz, or Rock and Roll, but our sax quartet is different, "said Dave Hutson, ASQ's founder and baritone sax player. "In the hands of skilled players, the sax can be raucous, bluesy, delicate and smooth. Audience members are often surprised at the rich and vibrant sound of the sax quartet's classical performances. One remarked that the quartet's performance of Bach's Little Fugue sounded like a pipe organ.
ASQ consists of the some of the finest players in the area. They include Andrew Cleaver, soprano sax, who was lead alto saxophonist with the Air Force's European version of the Glenn Miller Band and performed with the Airmen of Note; Kurt Schulenburg, second alto, a music educator who has performed professionally in the U.S. and Europe and is conductor of the New Horizons Band of Melbourne; John Babb, tenor sax, who has performed with notable groups as the Peachtree Jazz Edition, Night Train and The Southernaires; and Hutson, who plays in ASQ, Swingtime and the Melbourne Municipal Band.