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Derek Brown, BEATBoX SAX

The University of Minnesota School of Music and The Sax Shop at Schmitt Music present a Concert & Master Class with saxophone innovator Derek Brown on Saturday, April 8 at 3:30PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center – $5 admission at the door – CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

SECOND SHOW ADDED! Now you can see Derek Brown at either 1:30PM or 3:30PM (select “show time” when you RSVP) – CLICK HERE!

Contact Adam Du Vall, Schmitt Music Sax Shop Manager, at 763-398-5409 for more ticket and event information.

Watch Derek Brown perform “Stand By Me” – Solo Sax & Voice:

Saxophone innovator Derek Brown lives and performs in Chicago, and is most known for his unique solo performances throughout the world.  Crossing genres from jazz to funk to classical, Derek’s unique playing style, using creative new “beatbox-like” techniques, is wowing audiences in festivals and venues across the globe. Brown is currently involved with the up-and-coming Chicago funk/fusion supergroup Low Spark, as well as his signature solo show, “BEATBoX SAX.”

With a fairly straightforward musical upbringing in small-town Michigan, Derek really started to show some creative musical juice in the summers between years at Hope College.  As one third of the jazz/bluegrass hybrid band, Afterthought, Derek began to write original tunes and experiment with the saxophone.  By the time he left grad school at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music he was well on his way to creating his own unique approach to playing.

For the next six years, Derek was the Director of Jazz Studies at Abilene Christian University, in Abilene, Texas.  In between teaching classes and lessons, directing the various jazz ensembles, starting up the annual Abilene Jazz Fest, and lots of grading, Derek challenged himself to see how full a sound he could get out of one horn, with no electronic help.  Using some established techniques like slap-tonguing and double-tonguing, as well as some not-so-established techniques like various new percussive sounds and striking the sax with rings, Derek found something truly fresh!

Now living in Chicago with his wife Rachel, Derek has hit the ground running as a full-time freelance saxophonist, a dream he’s had since he picked up the horn in middle school.  His Youtube following has grown fast, as he releases new BEATBoX SAX music videos and tutorials regularly.  This online success has led to his endorsements with Legere Reeds, JodyJazz Mouthpieces, P.Mauriat Saxophones, BG Ligatures, and AKG Microphones, as well as performance and clinic opportunities around the world, including France, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Bulgaria, the UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, China, Malaysia, and Brazil. Learn more on