The Hyperion Saxophone Quartet is the premiere chamber ensemble of Fullerton, committed to positively impacting communities and exploring new and old music alike.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
The Hyperion Saxophone Quartet is the premiere chamber ensemble at Cal State Fullerton. Focusing on commissioning and performing new works for saxophone quartet, the Hyperion Saxophone Quartet actively works with composers to craft unique works of art, in addition to collaborating with composers on how to fully take advantage of the unique sonic textures of the saxophone quartet. Members of the Hyperion Saxophone Quartet also create their own works for the ensemble, specifically Joseph David Spence, an emerging composer on the scoring stage as well as in the concert hall, and Steven Ragsdale, who’s compositions and arrangements of jazz music range from standards of the great American Songbook, to fresh and new styles of modern jazz. Off the stage, the Hyperion Saxophone Quartet makes it a point to work in the community by mentoring students in order to provide an example for young musicians and cultivate a passion for music and life in today’s youth. Having already performed for and lead a masterclass at Diamond Bar High School and performed several times at the Emerald Court Senior Living in Anaheim, the Hyperion Saxophone Quartet looks for any way that their music can educate, entertain, or lift the spirits in service to the community. Don’t miss out on this exciting, unique, and dynamic ensemble!
Steven Ragsdale (Soprano Saxophone) – Steven Ragsdale is a saxophonist who has enjoyed performing throughout Southern California in various jazz and classical environments. He has earned his Certificate of Performance from Riverside City College and is now pursuing a BM in Jazz/ Commercial Music and a BA in Music Education at California State University, Fullerton. He is currently principal saxophonist in the Cal State Fullerton Wind Symphony and lead alto in the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra. Steven has had the opportunity to study with musicians such as James Rӧtter, Jeff Ellwood, Charles Richard, Cameron Domingues, Bill Cunliffe, and Christopher Bartz. He has also had the privilege of learning from and sharing the stage with great musicians such as John Clayton, Bob Mintzer, Gary Foster, Gary Smulyan, Harry Allen, Claudio Roditi and others. He is currently a member of several other ensembles performing around Southern California, including Quarter ‘Till Jazz Quintet, Hyperion Saxophone Quartet, Joel Paat Jazz Project, as well as many other side projects.
Daniel Castellanos (Alto Saxophone) – Daniel Castellanos is currently pursuing his degree in music education at California State University, Fullerton. He has studied saxophone with Charles Richard, Cameron Domingues, and Christopher Bartz and has earned his Associates Degree in Music and Certificate of Performance from Riverside City College. During his time at Riverside Community College, he was chosen to perform in the President’s Honor Recital and was awarded a scholarship in addition to performing for the president of the college.
Right after he graduated from Kaiser High School in Fontana, California, he was offered a part time position as the applied saxophone teacher for the Kaiser High School music program. Shortly after, he was offered the job as the assistant band director and directed some of the large and small ensembles. He currently teaches applied saxophone at Roosevelt High School in Corona, California and holds master classes in public schools in the Riverside and San Bernardino areas. After he earns his BA, he would like to pursue his MA and PH. D in wind band conducting.
Joseph Spence (Tenor Saxophone) - A native of Corona, California, he has since moved to Fullerton to pursue his degree in saxophone and woodwind performance at California State University, Fullerton. His teachers include James Rӧtter, Lee Secard, Douglas Masek, Christopher Bartz, and Todd Rewoldt. During his studies at Cal State Fullerton, Joseph performs in and has recently traveled on a tour in China with the Cal State Wind Symphony. Outside of school, Joseph has performed in studios as an emerging woodwind specialist and session player having recently performed in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and La Cage Aux Folles. In addition to playing the saxophone, Joseph has composed and arranged music for several films and ensembles, one of which is the Hyperion Saxophone Quartet.
Glen Turner (Baritone Saxophone) - A local to Southern California, Glen is currently pursuing a BM in Jazz/Commercial Music at California State University, Fullerton. He performs with many of the ensembles at Cal State Fullerton, playing saxophone and drums in groups such as the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, Fullerton Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Fullerton Latin Ensemble and The Art/Rock Ensemble and numerous other small groups. Glen has studied and performed with musicians such as Jeff Ellwood, Gary Foster, Bill Cunliffe, James Rӧtter, Paul Kreibech, Kye Palmer, Luther Hughes, Bob Sheppard, Poncho Sanchez, John Clayton. Glen has also toured around Europe in locations such as London, Paris, Germany, and Switzerland.
Additional Booking Notes
Sometimes, having glasses or bottles of water is nice.
|Steven Ragsdale||Soprano Saxophone|
|Daniel Castellanos||Alto Saxophone|
|Joseph Spence||Tenor Saxophone|
|Glen Turner||Baritone Saxophone|
Influences & Inspiration
Amstel Quartet, Habanera Quartet, Zzyzx Quartet, Arno Bornkamp, Nubuya Sugawa, Phil Woods.
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