Disneyland and multi-saxophone virtuoso Rob Verdi joins the Arizona Wind Symphony for its season ending concert.
Professionally, Verdi is known as the "Man of Many Saxes." He will perform on an array of instruments ranging from extremely small to excessively large. With a range in music from movies ("Pink Panther"), television ("Yaketey Sax"), jazz ("Stompin' At the Savoy") and romantic ("Gabriel's Oboe"), the audience will wonder what can not be performed on the saxophone.
Verdi is a graduate of Arizona State University and has soloed with the Phoenix Symphony. In 1983 he helped form the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band, which went on to become the house jazz band of the Disneyland Resort for 22 years. His personal collection of saxes is greater than 100. He hopes to someday establish a musical instrument museum where visitors of all ages can see, hear and play some of his rare instruments.
The Arizona Wind Symphony also will provide the audience with a night filled with familiar melodies: John Williams ("Harry Potter" and "The Patriot") and masked faces from the silver screen ("Spider Man," "the Phantom of the Opera" and "Zorro"). The saxophone section will be featured in "A Night In Tunisia" and jazz will shine through in swinging melodies heard in everyday movies and works of Glenn Miller.
Arizona Wind Symphony (AWS) plays a wide variety of music, including marches, Broadway and film tunes, overtures, dances, contemporary symphonic wind music and more. AWS is under the direction of William J. "Bill" Richardson and is a dynamic 75 member community concert ensemble, consisting of music professionals, non-professionals and students. The occupations of our members range from music teachers and band directors to doctors, therapists, managers, engineers, administrative and secretarial professions, parents and retirees.