Our first adventure of Summer 2017 came as we gathered in Plano, TX (north of Dallas) to teach at the Young Saxophonist's Institute (YSI, for short). YSI began a few years ago in Houston as a weeklong summer camp for middle and high school saxophonists. During each camp, students participate in saxophone quartets and larger ensembles, and it was our pleasure to help out this year at the Plano location! Joining us as camp instructors was Dallas-based saxophonist Andy Wright.
Camp typically began every day at 9:00am but for the first day we started a bit earlier in order to have the students audition for their ensembles. Based on this evaluation, students were placed into three ensembles that they participated in throughout the week: a saxophone quartet, a sma