The Siskiyou Saxophone Quartet began in 1997 as a vehicle for SOU Saxophone Professor Rhett Bender to educate and nurture the saxophone studio. By performing alongside their teacher, students learned challenging repertoire, worked with composers on new works, performed at saxophone conferences and toured in Mexico and China. As the studio grew larger and stronger, the quartet evolved into the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra. Rhett Bender continues to play soprano saxophone with the Globe Saxophone Quartet.
The Siskiyou Saxophone Quartet performed at both regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the XIIIth World Saxophone Congress, and toured Mexico in 2001 and Sichuan, China in 2005; and the China Music Trade Show in Shanghai and Yantai, China in 2007. The final SSQ performance was at the SOU Music Recital Hall in October of 2007. Numerous composers have written or arranged works for the SSQ including Todd Barton, Mark Jacobs, Mark Knipple, Carleton Macy, Hu Xiao-ou, John Cooper and Yi Jiayi.
Past members of the Siskiyou Saxophone Quartet include Amanda Brooks, Steve Davidson, Jenifer Jaseau, Angel McDonald, Vicki Purslow, Ian Pribil and Brent Weber
Watch the final performance