Saxophones

Saxes at Countdown to Craziness

Saxes at Countdown to Craziness

2014 Caroline Game

2014 Carolina Game

Legend of the Saxophones

Long, long ago, there was but one saxophone in DUMB. One, single, lonely saxophone. No one knows why he was left alone by his saxmates. But he was. His name is Kevin. But Kevin was never destined to be alone. Kevin was destined to have a pack. He began with a small group, only 5 or 6 others of his kind – the legendary saxophones.

From this small pack, the saxophones have only grown, both in number and in talent. Their ranks now stand among the largest of any group in DUMB. Tenors, altos, and an occasional sighting of the baris. There are many legends surrounding the saxophones; however, in keeping with their aura of perpetual mystery, none of the saxes have confirmed or denied said rumors. It is said that they all take their linear algebra exams in black pen. Other say that the producers of the movie ‘300’ asked the saxophones to play the part of the Spartans; however, director Michael Mann said they were inhumanly intimidating for the roles. Several incidences of people beginning to speak in tongues the first time they come in contact with a DUMB sax have also been reported.

Though the legends of the saxophones are many and marvelous, perhaps the most famous legend is the one that takes place during halftime at Duke football games. Though all in attendance at the football games know that they are witnessing greatness, only the few who are able to keep their wits in the presences of the saxophones’ radiance can tell you that all the members of the section unleashed their inner Epic Sax Guy at the same time. Nothing of the kind can be found anywhere else in the world.

If you are curious about how to join these glorious ranks, you may contact our section leader, Lucas Donaldson (lucas.donaldson@duke.edu or on Facebook).

2013-2014 DUMB Saxes

Saxsquatch

The myth of Saxsquatch, although especially well known in modern pop culture, traces its roots far back into traditional musical folklore and is often subject to lively debate. Many believe that the Saxsquatch is actually derived from the northwest Amerindian oral tradition of legendary wildmen/beasts that lived in the forest. Although local variations existed long before a common name, most were suspected to commit nefarious acts ranging from cacophonous rasping wails in the depth of night all the way to carrying off young children and teaching them to play saxophone.

Other theories point to the origin of the saxophone instrument itself. The Saxsquatch as a single entity was not coined or widespread until the 1900′s, suggesting that the Saxsquatch proper may coincide with the relatively recent development of the hybrid woodwind/brass contraption designed by Adolphe Sax in 1846. After many years of toil working to improve instrument design, Sax passed away in 1894, hardly recognized partially due to the constant conflict of rival instrument makers attacking the legitimacy of his patent designs. Adherents to the Sax theory purpose that the Saxsquatch is indeed the ghost of Aldolphe Sax himself, a tormented soul constantly at unrest due to his miserable failure to fulfill his original desire of creating an instrument that was both powerful and elegant. If this explanation is truly the case, it is unlikely that the tragic fate of Sax shall ever be resolved due to the lack of living saxophone players for Sax’s soul to occupy.

One of the most famous alleged sightings of the Saxsquatch.

One of the most famous alleged sightings of the Saxsquatch.

Taking a more global perspective, the final theory of the Saxsquatch draws from the rich Himalayan legends of the Clarinyeti, which span several centuries in the local indigenous cultures. Many suppose that the Saxsquatch may actually be a North American descendent of the Clarinyeti, although every bit as elusive and possibly even fewer in number.

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