Festival Woodwinds

Artist: Learn about the Woodwind Instruments

Assembly Description

In an easy blend of entertainment and education, Festival Woodwinds demonstrates their virtuosity on flutes, clarinets, oboe, English horn, bassoon, saxophones and more. The musicians talk about the idiosyncrasies, history and development of more than 20 instruments, as they play them individually, in families and mixed combinations. Students hear many musical styles - the sparkle of folk dance, the appeal of pop music, the intricacies of a fugue. Students might have a mini lesson on the saxophone, join in a “name that instrument” contest, or provide the rhythm for a parade. Student woodwind players may also sit in with the Festival Woodwinds. With enthusiasm and expertise, the musicians create an atmosphere of learning while having fun.

Assembly Information

Grades: K-12
Curriculum Links: Music
Price: Single performance $950
2 back-to-back $1,250
Program Length: 45 minutes
Artist travel fees may apply.
The performances are tailored to the particular age level and special needs of each audience. Instrumental clinics may be arranged following this performance.

Technical Requirements

The artists may arrive between 1 half hour to 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day. Please have the following set-up ready for them upon their arrival.

  • 1 Microphone(s) with an on-off switch on a stand
  • 4 Chairs (straight of folding with no arms)
  • 4 Music Stands

About the Artists

Sean Lyons (B.M., Berklee College of Music) is a talented woodwind player who is particularly well known throughout Korea having performed on numerous network television programs, on popular CD recordings and at every major jazz festival in Korea. He has performed with jazz legends such as George Coleman, Jon Faddis, Curtis Fuller, Al Foster, Kenny Drew Jr. and Billy Hart. His return to the United States has met with equal success, including 10 concert features during the 1998 Grammy Concert Series of New York City sponsored by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is currently the leader of two different jazz quartets that perform frequently in Manhattan.

The members of Festival Woodwinds have toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Some of the groups they have performed and/or recorded with include the Vanguard Orchestra, Blood Sweat and Tears, the Maria Schnieder Jazz Orchestra, Unpredictable Nature, The Pointer Sisters, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet, Maiden Voyage, John Farchuk NY Big Band, Joe Rockazano Octect and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. They have performed and/or recorded with such individuals as Dizzy Gillespie, Yoko Ono and Stevie Wonder. They have performed extensively on Broadway including Dream Girls, Chicago, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and can be heard on many movie soundtracks.