Saxophone Studio

Recent Activities

The saxophone ladies finish touring a castle in the Austrian Alps
A studio selfie before playing a concert amidst roman ruins in Italy
The studio kicks off their european tour at the Roman Colosseum
Jill and Taylor spin their version of Flower Duet from Lakme
The Studio poses in front of the giles green screen
The Studio poses with resident accompanist, Michiyo Nakatani
Ben plays chamber music written 150 years before the saxophone was invented
Ben oozes school spirit, playing in the stands with the marching band
The Jolly Old St. Saxophones -with Dr. Golemo- bring holiday cheer into the community
Louis, Jill and Brandon play a special ceremony at The Knoll
Louis, Brandon and Brandon help present an improvisation clinic at the IMEA conference
Matt, Brandon and Jill mug with Dr. Golemo in front of Stonehenge
Matt, Brandon, and Jill sport ear-to-ear grins at the Saint Sebastian cathedral in Bruges
Louis tackles Fisher Tull's Colloquy for saxophone and percussion
Mark plays the Old Castle solo in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an ExhibitionI
Mark interprets Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud with the ISU Wind Quintet
Mark and Nathan wrestle through Slap Me! by Barry Cockroft
Nathan rocks out on a tune by Florence and The Machine
Louis and Brandon play an interactive music game as artists-in-the-schools
Brandon, Jill, Louis and Mark humbly demonstrate chamber music techniques
Kyle, Mark and Nathan open for Bruce Springsteen at Hilton Coliseum
with Dr. Kris Bryden, after playing her piece Rotations at the Iowa Composers Forum
Brandon, Jill, Louis and Mark play a world premiere at the Opus Central Cafe
Matt plays Music for an Outdoor Festival by Robert Aldridge
Nathan strikes a pose with the Cyclone Marching Band
Cy tries to play Nathan's horn with the ISU Pep Band
Matt plays Tableaux De Provence for the Cyclone Honor Band
Ben plays Brillance by Gotkovsky in a master class with Matt Sintchak
Decked out in salt mine tour garb in Salzburg
Matt plays Phoenix by Ryo Noda. Japanese narration by Michiyo
The whole studio & rhythm section, after playing Supersax charts
Live radio performance of Quartet #1 by Bob Mintzer
Behind the scenes...
Alexa plays Trio for flute, saxophone, & piano by Russell Peterson
Matt plays Concertino da camera with the ISU Symphony Orchestra
Playing The Six Brown Brothers charts with bass saxophonist Paul Lindemeyer
Playing in front of the Golden Roof, Innsbruck '11
With Denise Knaack, after playing her piece Making Widgets for the Iowa Composers Forum Festival

Our saxophone students have received scholarships, appeared on youtube, soloed with orchestras, played gigs that paid, taught private lessons, opened for national jazz acts, worked with composers, marched in Yankee Stadium, attended major festivals, done pit work for musicals, traveled Europe, recorded with Simon Estes, advanced to graduate school, won teaching jobs, landed internships, completed residencies and most importantly - GRADUATED!!!

Michael Giles

Michael Giles

Senior Lecturer

A native Iowan, Mike teaches all things saxophone and runs the lion’s share of jazz activities at Iowa State University. He is a vibrant and accessible musician, exceptional in both the classroom and the concert hall. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to music have made him a recognizable voice throughout the Midwest. Mike is active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. He has released several albums to high acclaim, and has been showcased as a soloist at many reputable concert venues and festivals both domestically and abroad. His primary teachers include vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson, avant garde artist John Rapson, and contemporary saxophonist Matt Sintchak. He received his degrees from the in-state rival University of Iowa. Learn more about Mike through his website

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