NEW! PhoenixPhest Saxophone Clinic

with special guests The Moanin’ Frogs • July 31–Aug 4, 2017

The Moanin’ Frogs Saxophone Sextet is excited to bring a new program to PhoenixPhest! The Sax Clinic is open to all saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) and all ages, with at least one year of playing experience (by the time of festival) required to apply. The curriculum includes small ensemble coachings, daily private lessons with multiple members of The Moanin’ Frogs, masterclasses, and electives including courses in jazz and chamber music.

Daily schedule

9:00 am Morning meeting & yoga in Alexander Building
9:30–3:30 pm Classes and activities, including one-hour lunch break
7:30 pm Faculty concerts (Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs)


Daily Masterclasses and Large Ensemble

The Moanin’ Frogs will give a daily group class that focuses on a variety of saxophone topics through demonstration, handouts, listenings, and trying it out yourselves! Possible topics include technique development, articulation, altissimo, extended techniques (flutter tongue, double tongue, multiphonics, etc.), practice routines (maximizing your time), beginning improvisation, and more!

As a part of this class The Moanin Frogs will conduct a large saxophone ensemble, focusing on a variety of musical styles, genres, and playing levels. Students will play alongside the Moanin Frogs and learn lessons on style, articulation, tuning, phrasing, rhythm, and more. The ensemble will perform in the final concert alongside The Moanin’ Frogs.

Private lessons & individual practice time

Each student will have one 30-minute private lesson every day plus one hour of individual practice time to be done in our practice rooms. This will ensure the student is prepared and will get the most out of their private lesson.

Small Ensembles

All students will play in small ensembles: duos, trios, and quartets (or possibly sextets, like us!). Each group will have daily coachings with The Moanin Frogs and perform in the final concert. Students may register as preformed groups, or send us a placement video and we’ll form a group for you. Preformed groups are welcome to choose their own repertoire; otherwise we will send your music assignment approximately 1 month in advance of the camp.


Each student may choose an elective from either our jazz camp or chamber music festival. Class choices are listed in the registration form below.


Tuition is $500 for the week. A $50 deposit (or payment in full) is required to hold your spot. We have a small scholarship fund as well as an earn-your-way program; click here for details.

About The Moanin’ Frogs

Bending genres and uplifting spirits, The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet is redefining what chamber music can be. Rooted in the classical tradition and theatre of the American Vaudeville show, The Moanin’ Frogs’ spirited arrangements, creative choreography, and technically precise performances of jazz, pop, and classical music delight fans across the world.

The first touring group of their instrumentation since the early 1930’s, The Moanin’ Frogs demonstrate the full line of saxophones, including bass, baritone, two tenors, alto, and soprano. This gives The Frogs a big, symphonic sound and the ability to perform both highlights from the Vaudeville repertoire and entire orchestral works with only six players. Their name, a contraction of the 1914 and 1916 hit titles, That Moanin’ Saxophone Rag and The Bull Frog Blues, also hints at their ability to hop convincingly between genres: they are at home as concerto soloists and burlesque show musicians, jazz improvisers and primo chamber ensemble players.

Recordings of The Moanin’ Frogs are regularly broadcast across the United States courtesy of Detroit Public Television. The ensemble has performed coast-to-coast, including live at the John F. Kennedy Center, as featured performers North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in IL, and in Beverly Hills, CA. In 2015, The Moanin’ Frogs made their first leap “across the pond,” touring with eight performances in and around the SaxOpen Festival in Strasbourg, France.

Committed to inspiring future generations of musicians, The Frogs recently entered into partnership with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, which kicked off at the 2015 Conn-Selmer Institute. Through this partnership, The Moanin’ Frogs give performances and interactive sessions with students nationwide. Topics include effective individualized practice strategies, listening and collaborating, chamber music skills, playing in multiple musical styles, and life as a professional musician. Sessions include side-by-side performances with attendees and The Moanin’ Frogs.

“The Moanin’ Frogs are completely unique — I’ve never seen or heard anything even remotely like these guys. So much fun to watch and listen to, so musical…and they play so amazingly well together, as if controlled by one central brain. It’s astonishing. I was completely blown away.”

— Dave Koz, nine-time GRAMMY® – nominated Smooth Jazz Saxophonist

“The Moanin Frogs is the perfect blend of expertise, charm and entertainment…their skill and programming keep smiling audiences on the edge of their seats…”

— Timothy McAllister – International Saxophone Soloist


Registration is closed. Please join our mailing list for news about 2018 programs.