The First China Summer Saxophone Camp and Rainbow Cup Saxophone Competition
This is the first China Sax Camp and Rainbow CUP Saxophone Competition ever held in China. The 110 saxophone students came from various cities throughout China, and stayed at the Da Zhong Conference Center in Jia Ding, near Shanghai.
The saxophones were divided into three large ensembles based on the students’ levels of accomplishment. Each Ensemble performed music at their level, plus performed in the 110-member saxophone ensemble.
Dr. Gene Aitken, conductor, jazz artist/educator and a Grammy Nominee of the National Association of the Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), directed small and large saxophone ensembles as well as presented master classes on learning how to practice and perform simple and complex rhythms.
During the next to the final day of the Saxophone Camp, many students participated in Rainbow CUP Saxophone Competition, winning many Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention Awards. The adjudicators for the Competition were very impressed with the extremely high level of musicianship and the number of students who entered the Competition.
At the final concert, the saxophones set up in the far end of a large multi-purpose room, with the audience at the opposite end. Each of the three saxophone ensembles played several individual numbers. All 110 saxophonists played the last two musical selections.
The following day after the concert, developmentally challenged students were invited from a school to the Da Zhong Conference Center where gifts of guitars, dvds, and other items were presented to the students.
In addition, students from the Rainbow Saxophone Camp, played fun games with our visiting students. Vice Director Ms. Zhang Rong, from the Shanghai Xuhui District Federation of the Disabled, gave recognition and special thanks to the Rainbow Music Education Saxophone Camp for its support of our guest students.