EMPIRE SAXOPHONE QUARTET
The Empire Saxophone Quartet is a unique chamber music ensemble. Its
repertoire includes classical works from the Renaissance through Contemporary periods, as well as Pop,
Jazz and Ragtime selections. The versatility of the saxophone allows this superb ensemble to emulate
the subtleties of a fine string quartet, the power of a brass quintet and the grandeur of a pipe organ.
Audiences are astonished by the diversity and artistry displayed by the ESQ.
The ensemble is comprised of Steven Mauk, Daniel Miller, April Lucas and Anthony Alduino performing
respectively on the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Mauk is Professor of Saxophone at
Ithaca College, while Miller serves as a performer and music educator in Spencer, NY. Both Lucas and
Alduino are music educators and performers from the Binghamton, NY area.
Unlike many musicians, saxophonists are schooled in a wide variety of styles. All members of the ESQ
have either masters or doctorate degrees from leading colleges and universities. Included in their
training was in-depth study of both classical and jazz idioms. The ability to quickly shift from styles
as divergent as renaissance and jazz is seldom found in more traditional chamber music ensembles. Such
skills allow the ESQ to perform an incredibly wide range of music, which adds greatly to the
entertainment value of their presentations.
Many consider the saxophone to be only a jazz or popular music instrument. This notion is being
changed with each performance of the ESQ. Their ability to control dynamics -- ranging from the hushed
pianissimo of a string quartet transcription to the driving forte of a Glenn Miller selection -- is
remarkable. The subtle control of ensemble nuances, balance and intonation, coupled with the wide
dynamic capabilities, make the Empire Saxophone Quartet a group of exceptional capabilities.
The ensemble has met with enormous success in a myriad of settings. The group has performed at concert
series, arts festivals, parks, churches, public schools, art exhibits, colleges, music conferences,
restaurants, and weddings, as well as with symphony orchestra and band. The experiences of its members,
the high level of performance abilities and the entertaining presentations staged by the ESQ make them
a group suitable for all occasions.
Steven Mauk (soprano saxophone) is the professor of saxophone at the Ithaca College
School of Music. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and the University of Michigan. He
has written several books and numerous articles about the saxophone and has many solo and ensemble
recordings to his credit. A well-known soprano saxophonist, Steve has helped pioneer the development of
this instrument as a solo voice. He has appeared in such locales as Moscow, London, Toronto, The
Netherlands, Japan and numerous U.S. cities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Miller (alto saxophone) is currently a music educator in the Spencer-Van Etten
school district in Spencer, New York. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and Ithaca College. Dan
is currently the president of the Tioga County Music Educators Association and regularly works as an
adjudicator and teacher throughout the Southern Tier of New York State. As a saxophonist, he has
performed with the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Swing Street
Dectet, Classy Brass, and the Mason Warrington Orchestra. ADanIII@aol.com
April Lucas (tenor saxophone) performs as the principal saxophonist and bass
clarinetist in the BC Pops, Binghamton Symphony and Tri-Cities Opera Orchestras. She maintains a
private music studio and is the business manager of the ESQ. Currently a music educator in the
Susquehanna Valley school district, April has also served on the faculties of Hartwick College and SUNY
Binghamton. In addition, she is an active performer with the New Sousa Band, conducted by Keith
Anthony Alduino (baritone saxophone) is a music educator in the Susquehanna Valley
School District and an active musician in the Southern Tier. He has a woodwind studio for private
instruction and has performed with the Binghamton and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. Tony has recorded
with the Rascher Ensemble, the Fredonia Saxophone Ensemble and the Saxophone Sinfonia. He is a former
member of the Onondaga Community College faculty. email@example.com
The Empire Saxophone Quartet is an artist/clinician ensemble for the Selmer Company.