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West Point Saxophone Quartet
About the Saxophone Quartet  ¦  Individual Member Biographies

West Point Saxophone QuartetThe 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.

Individual Member Biographies

  
  
Biography
Master Sgt. Brian Broelmann
Guitar
Master Sergeant Brian Broelmann joined the West Point Band as a saxophonist in 2001. He holds degrees in music education and music performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied with Dr. Timothy McAllister. Master Sgt. Broelmann is a founding member of the West Point Band’s Quintette 7, and can be heard on the ensemble’s CD Quintette 7 Plays the Music of Raymond Scott. In 2014, Master Sgt. Broelmann was assigned as the guitarist in the West Point Band’s Concert Band, providing musical support on guitar, banjo and mandolin.
 
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Rettie
Saxophone
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.
 
Master Sgt. Wayne Tice
Saxophone
Master Sergeant Wayne Tice is the principal saxophonist, section leader and a frequent soloist with the West Point Band. Since joining the band in 1995, he has performed extensively at home and abroad. In October 2004, Master Sgt. Tice traveled to Beijing to become the first saxophone soloist to perform with the People's Liberation Army Band, the only state-level professional military band in the Chinese Republic. Other international performances featuring Tice as a soloist include the 2003 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Jonkoping, Sweden and the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal at which he performed the world premiere of David Kechley's award-winning Restless Birds Before the Dark Moon. 

The most recent concerto premiere came in 2010, where he performed Evan Chambers' new work, This is not the Blues and repeated that concerto at the 2010 Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference. As the soprano saxophonist with the West Point Saxophone Quartet, Tice also premiered Perry Goldstein's Abundant Air. This saxophone concerto was dedicated to the West Point Saxophone Quartet and performed at the 2004 Biennial NASA conference. Master Sgt. Tice can be heard performing soprano and alto saxophones on the compact disc Fault Lines with the West Point Saxophone Quartet and also on his debut solo CD, Wayne Tice Plays the Music of Yusef Lateef.
 
Staff Sgt. Stacy Wilson
Saxophone
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. 
 

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