Saxton's Cornet Band
Saxton's Cornet Band recreates the sounds of the earliest brass bands in America during the mid-nineteenth century. They use period instruments and mouthpieces to breath new life into music that was heard all across the United States over 150 years ago. Using the resources available, they show listeners what it was like to hear a brass band play their favorite opera overtures, virtuosic solos, popular songs, and rousing marches. Through its entertaining and educational performances, the modern day Saxton's Cornet Band attempts to bring the listener back to a time when the
opera house and the bandstand were the main sources
of American entertainment.
Most recently, Saxton's has connected the past to the
present by commissioning famed composer James Curnow to compose a work combining the brass band of the 19th-century with the sounds of the modern day orchestra and bands. "With Malice Toward None" uses narration,
along with the sounds of the orchestra and Saxton's Cornet Band, to tell the story of the struggles of war using the narration of Abraham Lincoln and others. This work is also scored for modern wind band and modern
British-style brass band accompaniment.
Since 1992, David has has established himself as one of the leading authorities on cornet playing of the mid-to-late 19th century. The featured soloist with Saxton's Cornet Band, he has performed at music festivals and concert halls across the continental United States and Asia. His style and interpretation of these great cornet solos of days gone by allows the listener to harken back to a day when every town had a great band and every band had a great soloist.
His solo work can be heard on all four SCB albums with the most recent being "Sounds from the Opera House" featuring David on "Una Voce Poco Fa" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville and "Casta Diva" from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini.
David is available for solo performances and masterclasses in historical cornet performance in addition to performances with Saxton's Cornet Band. He is currently practicing and researching more cornet solos from the mid-1800's and is looking to record and tour these works in 2022.
Contact Karen Cubides at the
Karen Cubides Agency for booking details.