Sax success at state

The Dana School of Music Saxophone Quartet members are YSU Success Stories because of their recent placement at a state competition.

YSU Saxophone Quartet

Mark Higgins, Aaron Lockhart, Brian Newell and Kevin Snyder recently took first place in state at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition, paving their way to regionals as the Dana School of Music Saxophone Quartet.

With a goal to “recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence,” the contest took place in October at Bowling Green State University and featured musicians and musical groups from schools across Ohio.

The YSU quartet, all out-of-state students, proved their excellence in the Chamber Music category to secure a spot at the East Central Division competition. They group will travel to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., in January for the regional contest, where they will be competing against state champions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The regional winner will then go on to compete in the nationals in New York against the winners in five other divisions.

Pictured from left: Higgins of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a junior instrumental performance major and the quartet’s soprano saxophone; Lockhart of Rochester, N.Y., is a senior saxophone performance major and baritone saxophone; Newell of Peoria, Ill., is a first-year graduate student in saxophone performance and alto saxophone for the group; and Snyder of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a junior music performance major and tenor saxophone.

Want to know which songs got them the gold? Read more on these Student Success Stories.