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 Founded in 2012 by Charles W. Gray, the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra began as an ensemble of music professionals and educators who teach in middle schools, high schools, and colleges in the Hudson Valley region of New York and New Jersey. With thirteen members performing on sopranino through contrabass saxophone, the group strives to capture the rich and sonorous sound established be the Raschèr Ensemble. In an article about the ensemble in the Poughkeepsie Journal (December 16, 2015) founder Charles Gray described their sound: “It’s almost like a string orchestra, but with the versatility to have the power of a jazz setting at times.” 

Under the baton of William Stevens, they performed their 4th annual Christmas concert at the Cunneen-Hackett in Poughkeepsie, New York of music first done by David Bilger’s Saxophone Sinfonia as well as new arrangements commissioned from area composers. Proceeds from these concerts have been donated to help fund local music scholarships including the Dutchess Community College Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra Music Scholarship and the Chamber Foundation’s Charles S. North Music Scholarship. After a successful Kickstarter campaign their studio recording “It’s That Time Again” (2014) features this holiday music and is available on iTunes and CDBaby. 

The HVSO, with guest conductor Dr. Paul Cohen, was invited to perform a program entitled A Tribute to the Raschèr Saxophone Ensemble, and Beyondat Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virgina for the U.S. Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in 2016. 

​The ensemble receives the support of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Paul Effman Music.
    
  1. Charles W. Gray
Founder, Manager, Bass Saxophonist
    Charles W. Gray Founder, Manager, Bass Saxophonist
  2. Dr. Paul Cohen  
Member,  Guest Conductor, mentor and friend.
    Dr. Paul Cohen Member, Guest Conductor, mentor and friend.
  3. William Stevens
Conductor
    William Stevens Conductor
  1. Ryan Mantell                      Sopranino & Soprano Saxophones
    Ryan Mantell Sopranino & Soprano Saxophones
  2. Eric Awah
Soprano Saxophone
    Eric Awah Soprano Saxophone
  3. Deborah Tice
Alto Saxophone
    Deborah Tice Alto Saxophone
  4. Jim Briggs
Alto Saxophone
    Jim Briggs Alto Saxophone
  5. Dan Shaut
Alto Saxophone
    Dan Shaut Alto Saxophone
  6. Patrick Quinn
Alto Saxophone
    Patrick Quinn Alto Saxophone
  7. Dr. Christopher Brellochs
Tenor Saxophonist
    Dr. Christopher Brellochs Tenor Saxophonist
  8. Joe North
Tenor Saxophone
    Joe North Tenor Saxophone
  9. Alix Janove
Baritone Saxophonist
    Alix Janove Baritone Saxophonist
  10. Charles W. Gray
Bass Saxophonist
    Charles W. Gray Bass Saxophonist
  11. Dr. Paul Cohen
Sopranino, Alto, Contrabass
    Dr. Paul Cohen Sopranino, Alto, Contrabass
  12. Wayne Tice
Alternate Saxophonist
    Wayne Tice Alternate Saxophonist
  13. Dr. Brian Kauth
Alternate Saxophonist
    Dr. Brian Kauth Alternate Saxophonist
  14. Robert Shaut
Alternate Saxophonist
    Robert Shaut Alternate Saxophonist
  15. David Regner
Subsitute Saxophonist
    David Regner Subsitute Saxophonist
  16. Rich Guillen
Past Member
    Rich Guillen Past Member
  17. Steve Kieley
Past Member
    Steve Kieley Past Member
  18. Thomas Sweezey
Subsitute Saxophonist
    Thomas Sweezey Subsitute Saxophonist