The West Point Saxophone Quartet is comprised of members of the West Point Concert Band saxophone section. In addition to maintaining an active schedule of school and community performances, the West Point Saxophone Quartet regularly appears at national and regional conferences of note, as performers and clinicians.
The West Point Saxophone Quartet has appeared in a number of high profile and significant venues, including major universities throughout the country. Performances have included collaborations with the UNCG Wind Ensemble, the Long Island Symphonic Winds and the Virginia Wind Symphony. The quartet has also appeared as featured performers on the prestigious Barge Music Series.
Well-versed in historically significant saxophone quartet repertoire, the group focuses on a repertoire of modern music. Recently, the West Point Saxophone Quartet has presented the music of monumental twentieth century composers, performing Iannis Xenakis’ XAS at the 2007 Midwest Clinic and Gyorgy Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles at the 2008 NASA Biennial Conference at the University of South Carolina.
In 2002, the West Point Saxophone Quartet released its first compact disc, Fault Lines. This recording features standard saxophone quartet repertoire as well as premiere recordings of compositions by Perry Goldstein, David Kechley and David Froom as well as original arrangements by Mark Vinci and Joseph Abramo. The recording was well-received and garnered much positive press for the quartet. The West Point Saxophone Quartet followed this compact disc with the premiere recording of Perry Goldstein’s Abundant Air: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Band on the West Point Band’s 2005 compact disc Should This Be Found.
|Staff Sgt. David Loy Song|
Raised in Westfield, Massachusetts, Staff Sgt. David Loy Song attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned a bachelor's degree in African American Music and Jazz in 1999. He has toured nationally and internationally with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1997, 2001) and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (2002-2003), as well as a number of contracts for Princess Cruises and Holland America Line (1999-2001). Staff Sgt. Loy Song’s private instructors have included Yusef Lateef, Adam Kolker, Lynn Klock, Chris Merz, Ted Levine, and Jeff Holmes. Staff Sgt. Loy Song joined the West Point Band in August of 2003 to become a tenor saxophonist in the Jazz Knights before joining the Concert Band in January of 2015. His notable performances with the Jazz Knights include The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Illinois; The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, Indiana; Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; The Jazz Standard in New York City; and the Midwest Clinic. Since being in the West Point Band, Staff Sgt. Loy Song has had the privilege to perform with Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, Bob Mintzer, Walt Weiskopf, Benny Golson, Antonio Hart, Randy Brecker, Gary Smulyan, Scott Wendholt, Jon Faddis, Steve Turre, David Liebman, Darcy Argue, and Jim McKneely.
|Master Sgt. Michael Reifenberg|
Master Sergeant Michael Reifenberg, a native of Cudahy, Wisconsin, joined the saxophone section of the Jazz Knights in September 2005. In 2003, he received a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Two years later, Master Sgt. Reifenberg completed a Master of Music in jazz studies at Indiana University School of Music, where he was also an associate instructor under renowned jazz pedagogue David Baker. Throughout the years, Reifenberg's most influential teachers have been Curt Hanrahan, Rob Wilkerson, Tom Walsh, Pat Harbison, and David Baker. In addition, he has studied improvisation with Ed Peterson, Joel Frahm, Clay Jenkins, and others. Master Sgt. Reifenberg has also performed with several jazz legends, including James Moody, Slide Hampton, Bob Mintzer, David Sanchez, the late Frank Mantooth, Denis DiBlasio, Matt Harris, Steve Houghton, and Jeff Jarvis. Additionally, he was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops, the Doc Severinsen Big Band, the American Swing Orchestra, the Al Cobine Big Band, the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and a host of other bands in the Milwaukee and Indianapolis areas.
Since joining the band, Sgt. 1st Class Reifenberg has assumed the role of Education Outreach NCOIC as well as taking on a de facto role as an arranger for various unit ensembles. He has arranged or composed approximately 150 pieces for the unit, and takes great pride and pleasure in his work. Additionally, he recently made the transition to the West Point Band’s Concert Band, where he gets to call upon his past training as a classical saxophonist, in addition to utilizing his skills as a commercial musician.
Sgt. 1st Class Reifenberg lives on West Point with his wife Megan and son Marcus. In his free time he enjoys having fun with Marcus, exercising, and playing golf.
|Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Rettie|
Sergeant First Class Christopher Rettie is a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University in saxophone performance with a minor in wind conducting. Additionally, he holds a Master's Degree from LSU and a Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University, both in Saxophone Performance. His primary teachers and mentors include Griffin Campbell, Frank Wickes, Scott Erickson, and Dennis Johnson.
Chris has been a member of the West Point Saxophone Quartet since his arrival to the band in 2001 and is also a co-founder of the award-winning Red Stick Saxophone Quartet. As both a soloist and a chamber musician, he has performed in recitals and concerts and given masterclasses throughout the country. His performances of world and American premieres include works by Paul Hayden, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Perry Goldstein, Stephen David Beck, and Dinos Constantinides. Additionally, Chris has been a featured performer with the West Point Band, University of North Carolina-Greensboro Wind Ensemble, Long Island Symphonic Winds, Virginia Wind Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble, Louisiana State University Orchestra, and the Murray State University Wind Ensemble. His recordings can be heard on the West Point, Louisiana State University, New Tertian, and Caliente labels.
Chris’ other musical interests include frequent conducting of chamber ensembles from the West Point band in repertoire from the harmoniemusik era to the present day. In addition, he is the instructor of saxophone, clarinet, and woodwind ensemble at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
|Staff Sgt. Stacy Wilson|
Hailed as a “young saxophone virtuoso,” Staff Sgt. Stacy Wilson has won top prizes in many national and international competitions. In 2009, she became the first American saxophonist to win one of the top prizes as a saxophone/piano duo in the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam, widely considered one of the most prestigious competitions in the world for the interpretation of contemporary music. Stacy won 1st Prizes in the William Byrd International Competition and the MTNA Young Artist Competition, among others.
As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, with recent concert appearances in Japan’s Izumi Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and Mahidol University in Thailand. Staff Sgt. Wilson was recently featured as a guest concerto soloist with the United States Army Band in Europe, giving concerts in Oftersheim and Eppelheim, Germany. Since joining the West Point Band in 2008, she has performed as a concerto soloist and was the logistical coordinator and organizer for the NASA Conference hosted by the band in 2011.
Dedicated to chamber music, she is the soprano saxophonist with the acclaimed Zzyzx Quartet. Featured in the Saxophone Journal as an up-and-coming young saxophone quartet, ZQ was described as “a superb ensemble with impeccable musical taste”. They won 2nd Prize in the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition in 2008 and were selected as one of seven semi-finalists in the Osaka International Competition in Japan, one of the only American chamber ensembles and the first American Saxophone Quartet ever invited to compete. Zzyzx was a featured concerto soloist at the NASA Biennial Gala Concert at the Tempe Center in Arizona, and at a concert featuring some of the top young saxophonists from around the world at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. In 2012, they commissioned an original work for saxophone quartet by world-renowned American composer John Mackey, which is featured on their newest CD “Intersections” released in June 2013.
Staff Sgt. Wilson has been a jury member for the NASA Young Artist competition and has taught at Indiana University and Montclair State University. She earned degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.