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THE SAXYDERMS

New England's Largest Saxophone Ensemble

OUR MEMBERS

Members of the Saxyderms have come to Boston from all over the country and from a diverse array of backgrounds. Read below to learn about the people that work so hard to bring the gift of music to countless listeners.



Thomas Beraldi

Executive & Musical Director, Soprano

Tom studied concert percussion and steel drums at Florida State University. He has served as the principal percussionist of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Seminole County Honor Band, Lake Brantley High School Wind Ensemble, and Tufts Wind Ensemble. At Lake Brantley High School he played alto and baritone saxophones with the LBHS Concert Band. He also has performed on drumset in six musicals at Tufts and founded the short-lived Tufts Percussion Ensemble. He is currently playing percussion with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.

In addition to his musical activities, Tom was a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Political Science and is now the director of institutional research at Fisher College. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Tom spent his formative in years in central Florida. Tom has two bachelor's degrees in Spanish and political science from Florida State University and a master's degree in urban planning from Tufts University. He is currently beginning his doctoral studies in higher education at Boston College.

Tom plays a Cannonball SC1 Big Bell Soprano on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds and a Yamaha YAS-52 Alto on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.



Ethan Brush

Baritone

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Matthew Davis

Soprano

Matthew Davis is an All-State alto saxophonist for (you guessed it!) New Jersey. Other ensemble credits include the New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) Wind Ensemble on Alto, Tenor and Baritone, the NYSMF Big Band on Alto, principal alto/soprano saxophone with the New Jersey All State Band, Morris/Essex County Area Band, and the Rockaway Community Band. He has performed under the baton of prolific saxophone-guru Paul Cohen in the NYSMF Classical Saxophone Institute. He has spearheaded the Randolph Saxophone Quartet (soprano), and the fledgling Tufts Saxophone Quartet (TUSQ, soprano saxophone). He is a member of the International Saxophone Quartet (baritone). Matt is a winner of the DeGrado Competition, and has preformed in the Weil Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY. He has also preformed as a soloist with the New Jersey Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall, NY. At Tufts, he is a member of TUSQ, the Jazz Orchestra (baritone), and the Wind Ensemble (alto). Matt hails from Randolph, New Jersey and is currently studying chemistry and music at Tufts University.

Matt plays a Yanigasawa S992 Soprano on an R. L. Caravan mouthpiece and Alexander Classiques reeds and a Selmer Series II Alto on an R. L. Caravan mouthpiece and Alexander Classiques reeds.



Michelle Eilers

Publicist, Alto

Michelle Eilers has performed with the Texas Association of Small School Bands All State Band all four years in high school on the alto saxophone as well as the University of Texas Honors Wind Ensembles on the soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones.

She has participated in region jazz bands on alto and tenor saxophone and performed with the Austin Saxophone Quartet for a special performance on baritone saxophone. She also performs with the Tufts Wind Ensemble. Michelle comes to us from Schulenberg, Texas and is currently studying anthropology and community health at Tufts University. She is expected to pursue a master's degree in public health next year.

Michelle plays on a Selmer Mark VI Alto with a Selmer C* Mouthpiece and Vandoren standard, blue-box reeds and a Selmer Mark VI Baritone with a Selmer C** mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.



Peter Goransson

Videographer, Tenor

Peter has been playing alto and tenor saxes for 12 years including high school and regional concert and jazz bands. Peter was a member of a rock band "Six Man Squad" in high school playing sax. His real second instrument is guitar.

At Tufts, Peter competed for the cross country and track teams, and produces feature films about his mountain climbs around the world. He has summited four of the tallest mountains on each of the 7 continents including Antarctica. Peter enjoys all endurance sports and since 1999 has competed in over 20 triathlons including two half-ironman triathlons. Other notable experiences include a 550 mile bike ride to Niagara Falls (2000) and a two-day 50-mile trek through the White Mountains (2005). Peter is from Eliot, Maine and is a graduate from Tufts University with a bachelor degree in computer engineering.

Peter currently works as a computer engineer for Analog Devices in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Peter plays a Cannonball Tenor on a Meyer mouthpiece and a Keilwerth Alto on a Meyer mouthpiece.



Jason Holt

Treasurer, Alto

Jason Holt first picked up a saxophone 12 years ago, in the 4th grade. He quickly began to enjoy playing, and soon after started private lessons. Jason has performed classically in symphonic bands throughout high school, including two Pennsylvania district band festivals. Jason's primary interest, however, has always been Jazz. Jason played for five years in his high school jazz big band, sitting first chair for the last three years.

At Tufts, Jason was a proud member of the Tufts Wind Ensemble since his freshman year. His saxophone abilities are also seen in overunderground, a Philly-area rock group that now performs around Boston. Jason is from Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and graduate from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in economics and psychology. He currently works as a researcher for McKinsey and Company in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Jason plays a Yamaha YAS-62 Alto on a Meyer 5 mouthpiece and Vandoren Java reeds.



Jordan Jastrab

Associate Director, Alto

Jordan is extremely proud to be a part of the Saxyderms since its inaugural semester. He has been playing classical and jazz saxomophone [sic] for 11 years, and has been a part of the all-Bergen County and Northern New Jersey Region I bands, in addition to several award winning marching bands and pit orchestras.

Jordan grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He currently works as a researcher at Boston Children's Hospital and is furiously applying to M.D./Ph.D. programs because he is evidently a masochist.

Jordan plays a Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series II Alto on a Selmer C* or Meyer 5 mouthpiece and Vandoren reeds.



Michael Pierfelice

Tenor

Mike has been playing the alto saxophone since he was nine. In high school, he played in the marching and symphony bands for two years before becoming a jazz band specialist for the last two. He also played in the Henry Ford Community College-based Metropolitan Symphony Band, and the very underground blues band People With Day Jobs. After obtaining two engineering degrees from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Mike ventured out to Boston in '06 seeking employment, something that doesn't exist in or around Allen Park, Michigan, where he was born and raised. He enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, purchasing expensive jewelry, and listening. Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he obtained his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He is currently working on his master's degree at Northeastern University.

Mike plays a Yamaha YAS-52 Alto with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Rico Royal reeds as well as a Conn 10M Tenor with a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren Java reeds.



Jamie Silver

Soprano

Jamie is a migrant from the tropical land of South Florida. Don't ask why she continues to live in Boston! Told at the tender age of 11 that her hands were too small and she would never be able to play the saxophone well, Jamie stubbornly went on to be a proud saxophony member of the award-winning, JP Taravella High School Band Program, playing in the marching band, jazz band, and wind ensemble. She worked hard and was lucky enough to participate in several honor bands, such as All-State, All-County, and Festival of Winds. In college, she marched/scrambled with the Harvard University Band and had a blast.

A long-time resident of Coral Springs, Florida, Jamie holds a bachelor's degree in biology in Harvard University.

Jamie plays an E.M. Winston Soprano on a Selmer C* mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds and a Yamaha Custom Alto on Selmer Larry Teal mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.



Justin Wage

Alto

Note: Justin's bio was cruelly written by the management. Enjoy!

Justin comes to us from Belle Mead, New Jersey and is majoring in biological sciences at Tufts University. Like so many other Jumbos from New Jersey, he has an inexplicable desire to go to medical school. The only solace we take in this is that he alone may be able to be world's second most giant doctor (after JD + Turk, of course).

We assume that he has some musical accolades prior to being at Tufts. What we do know is that he has been a member of the Tufts Wind Ensemble like so many other of his Saxyderms colleagues. He also is a emergency medical technician with Tufts Emergency Medical Service. Besides that, most of his time is devoted to studying and needlessly worrying about not getting into medical school. Oh yeah, supposedly he's a licensed bartender but he hasn't made any of us a drink yet. Too busy worrying I guess.

Justin's horn and reeds are still a mystery to the group. So let's just say he plays an alto saxophone carved from the thigh bone of a mastodon.



Evan Weixel

Tenor

In the 4th grade, Evan was told by his elementary school music teacher that he would make an excellent trombone player. Disregarding that advice, he decided to take up the saxophone, and he has never looked back. As a freshman at Tufts, he plays in the Wind Ensemble, and takes private lessons in the hopes that maybe some day he can join the Big Band (assuming that his schedule isn't filled up by the demands of chemical engineering). Evan is thrilled to be in the Saxyderms, and hopes that his status as "the new guy" doesn't result in an extreme amount of hazing and/or harassment.

Evan is from Marlborough, Massachusetts and is pursuing a bachelor's degree at chemical engineering from Tufts University.

Evan plays a Yamaha Custom Z Tenor on a Meyer 6M mouthpiece and Vandoren Java reeds.



Mathew Willmott

Webmaster, Baritone

Mat was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and has performed with the Weymouth High School Concert Band and Jazz Band, the MIT Wind Ensemble, the MIT Concert Band, and various other local groups. He also played for over three years in the Boston Music Award nominated ska band Jumpsuit Jerry, with whom he recorded and released the independently distributed full-length album, Back in the Day. In addition to playing saxophone, Mat also pretends to be a guitar player and, on occasion, lead singer in a legendary rock cover band who's only public performance in November of 2001 was unfortunately not recorded but nevertheless sits atop this biographer's list of "Greatest Concerts in the Entire History of Mankind."

Mat has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's degree in mathematics from Northeastern University, and is currently working on a master's degree in library science at Drexel University. Mat works in the MIT Science Library.

Mat plays a Buescher New Aristocrat Tenor on a Meyer 6 mouthpiece and Vandoren (Java) reeds and a Yanagisawa B901 Baritone on a Yanagisawa 5 mouthpiece and Vandoren (blue) reeds.

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