MEMBERS

Sopranos

Rami El-Farrah

Soprano Saxophone

Dr. Rami El-Farrah is a concert saxophonist best known for his work as a soloist and member of the Zenith Quintet, Bel Cuore Quartet and the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. As an award-winning soloist and chamber musician, Dr. El-Farrah has performed across the United States and throughout Europe. Dr. El-Farrah and has been featured on several musical albums, including albums with Bel Cuore Quartet and Austin Saxophone Ensemble. In addition to concertizing Dr. El-Farrah teaches saxophone & Jazz History at UT San Antonio, where he also leads the university’s saxophone ensemble. He is the author of Dynamic Duos for Saxophone, a best-selling series of duet books with live play-alongs, and owner of MusePub an arrangement and publishing company.

Djamel Mami

Soprano Saxophone -- Board Member

Djamel Mami is an exciting and versatile solo, chamber, and orchestral performer, and maintains a large private studio as a saxophone teacher. 

As a performer he has traveled around the world, playing in Southeast Asia, across Europe, and extensively around  the United States and Canada as a soloist, chamber performer and as part of larger groups. As a teacher, he has over 20 years of experience and currently maintains a studio of 50 students in the Austin area. 

 

Outside of music, his interests include camping, reading, skiing, rock climbing, and lazy Sundays.

Jess Voigt-Page

Soprano Saxophone

Trained in both Australia and the US, Jessica Voigt-Page has been described by her colleagues as a “tour de force." Jessica has dedicated the latest part of her career to exploring ways in which young musicians can establish themselves and maximize their impact while leading fulfilling, sustainable lives. This exploration has led her pursue unique paths throughout her career.

Jessica serves on faculty at Baylor University and is President-elect of the North American Saxophone Alliance, founder of Saxophone Academy Austin, and a mentor for a number of young women in the field. She is an artist for Yamaha, D'Addario, Key Leaves, and Beaumont Music.

Altos

Kevin Gibbs

Alto Saxophone

Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in music performance with emphasis in classical saxophone from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with world-renowned saxophonist and teacher, Harvey Pittel. While at UT, Kevin performed with the UT Symphony Band, the UT Wind Ensemble, Tex Sax, and the UT Jazz Ensemble. He has played in several rock, jazz, and funk influenced bands in Austin, such as Navin's Thermos, About:Blank, and Price Hill.

 

Kevin has been teaching private lessons at schools in Austin, Leander, and Round Rock ISD since 2003. He lives with his wife, Sarah, their twin sons, and their dog, Mattie, in Round Rock.

Dustin Hunter

Alto Saxophone

Dustin Hunter is an active performer and music educator. He regularly freelances playing all styles of music; contemporary, classical, jazz, funk, latin, and show music. Dustin works with many high school and middle school students teaching private lessons, marching band camps, and giving masterclasses. Noteworthy performances include: featured as a soloist with the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble, the Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz Big Band, and a performance at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference. Dustin holds a Bachelor’s of Music Performance degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s of Music from the University of New Mexico.

Liz Love

Alto Saxophone

Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, Liz Love is an active classical and jazz saxophonist and music educator. She is currently in her third year as Head Band Director at Grisham Middle School, where the Honors Band was selected to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December of 2019.

Ms. Love is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and ASEYouth. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She counts Harvey Pittel, Paul Haar, Jerry Junkin, Jeff Hellmer, and Carolyn Barber as her principal mentors.

Elizabeth Rosinbum

Alto Saxophone -- Board Member

Elizabeth Rosinbum maintains a multi-dimensional career as an educator, performer, clinician, and speaker. She is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts at Concordia University and maintains a select private studio. The first ever saxophonist to be hired as a D'Addario Woodwinds Method clinician, Elizabeth has given hundreds of educational masterclasses and supervises other clinicians.

Elizabeth has commissioned and premiered works for saxophone throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. A gifted speaker, she has lectured at several universities on woodwind pedagogy, entrepreneurship, performance psychology, and career strategies and business skills.

Elyse Vest

Alto Saxophone

Bio coming soon!

Tenors

Crystal Alexander-Duckett

Tenor Saxophone

Originally from Lexington, Texas Crystal teaches applied saxophone and is a composer.  In 2018, Crystal’s saxophone quartet Code Seis was premiered the Les Bois Quartet at Texas State University. She has performed as a guest soloist with the Banda de Conciertos de San Jose in Costa Rica, and as part of the Topeka and Round Rock Symphony Orchestras.  

Crystal also practices martial arts and volunteers as an assistant instructor at Austin Kung Fu & Tai Chi. Crystal and husband Chris are Austin “foodies” and have a small zoo of rescued pets: Jaco, Bebe, Miles and Kyoshi. 

Ben Kessler

Tenor Saxophone -- Financial Director -- Board Member

Ben Kessler is an active saxophonist and music educator. He has a large private studio, regularly presents master classes and coaches student chamber ensembles, and was formerly a Lecturer of Saxophone at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. 


Ben has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Cater Pann, John Makey, Kevin Puts, Steve Bryant, John Mills, Jack Wilds, Chris Ozley, Michael Mikulka, and David Adams. He has played with the Vintage 15 Big Band, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Round Top Festival Orchestra. He can also be seen and heard in the film Bandslam. 

Chris Padilla

Tenor Saxophone

Chris Padilla is an acclaimed saxophonist and music educator with a breadth of experience as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member. He has performed nationally and internationally and been recognized by numerous international competitions, most recently being named a Finalist in the 2018 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition. He is a founding member and bari player for MODUS saxophone quartet.


Chris received his Masters of Music from the University of Texas, studying with Stephen Page, and his bachelors from the University of North Texas studying with Eric Nestler. Currently, Chris fills his days with teaching saxophonists of all ages, hiking, and playing with his pup Lucy.

Baritones

Sunil Gadgil

Baritone Saxophone -- Executive Director -- Board Member

Sunil Gadgil is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher devoted to exploring the magic of music and learning with an ever-expanding community of saxophonists. He has been lauded as a “virtuosic” and “effortless” player and frequently appears on stage and records as a member of the Zenith Quintet, the Bel Cuore Quartet, the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, and REVEL Classical Band. He serves as instructor of saxophone at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, executive director of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, co-director of ASEYouth, and director of Sax Pro Workshops. Dr. Gadgil is a Vandoren Paris and Selmer Paris artist.

Billy McPhail

Baritone Saxophone -- Internal Affairs Director -- Board Member

Billy McPhail is a versatile saxophonist who has performed with many distinguished ensembles, including the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Nash Hernandez Orchestra, and the University of Texas and Victoria College Wind Ensembles.

An active chamber musician, he is a member of The ELISION Quartet, and founding member of both Austin Saxophone Ensemble and BAMF quartet. Billy can be heard on ELISION's debut recording and ASE's album “Plunge."

Billy has arranged and published many works for saxophone solo and ensembles. He has served as an instructor for Temple College and maintains a distinguished studio of private students. Billy frequently leads master classes and adjudicates for schools across Texas.

Michael Hertel

Bass Saxophone -- Board Member

Michael Hertel regularly performs throughout Central Texas with ensembles such as The San Antonio Symphony, The Austin Saxophone Ensemble, The Austin Symphony, Bel Cuore Quartet, Zenith Quintet, and Wasabi Big Band.  His playing can be heard on Austing Saxophone Ensemble’s debut album Plunge and on the Bel Cuore Quartet album Splashing the Canvas.

 

Michael lives in Austin with his quilter wife Kim, toddler daughter Zoe, and snuggler dogs Kevin and Lola.  When not playing, Michael enjoys running and sampling and brewing local specialty coffees.

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