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THE MOANIN' FROGS

Bending genres and uplifting spirits, The Moanin’ Frogs offers an electrifying approach to chamber music. Conservatory trained and entertainment minded, their dynamic and technically precise performances of classical, ragtime, jazz, and pop delight fans across the world. Featuring all six saxophones from soprano to bass, The Moanin’ Frogs are unique on today’s chamber music landscape. First Prize Winners of the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, their passion, quality, variety, instrumentation, and focus on the audience experience set them apart.

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“The Moanin’ Frogs are completely unique — I’ve never seen or heard anything even remotely like these guys. So much fun to watch and listen to, so musical… and they play so amazingly well together, as if controlled by one central brain. It’s astonishing. I was completely blown away.” Dave Koz, nine-time GRAMMY®-nominated Smooth Jazz Saxophonist

"The Moanin Frogs is the perfect blend of expertise, charm and entertainment...their skill and programming keep smiling audiences on the edge of their seats..."  Timothy McAllister, International Saxophone Soloist

“Having The Moanin’ Frogs at Conn-Selmer Institute 2015 gave our attendees an unforgettable experience. Their unique arrangements and personal connection to the audience created a great energy to kick off the week. We look forward to having them back in the future!”  Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Educational Services, Conn-Selmer, Inc.

“You guys were absolutely awesome, and people are still talking about your performance and how much they loved it! You are all wonderful performers and, more importantly, great showman with great personalities... so friendly and able to make the audience comfortable so they can fully enjoy your music. I can't thank you enough for your hard work.” 
Nancy Furdock, Summer Nights Concert Series, of Hancock, New York

“It’s incredibly refreshing to see such an extraordinarily talented group of musicians approach their programming with an obvious goal of, at once, dazzling and delighting audiences of all varieties.” Kristen McKeon, D’Addario Woodwinds, New Thread Quartet

“Thank you, The Moanin’ Frogs for everything you have done for our school. We loved having you and can’t wait to work with you again soon!”   Caroline Fitzgerald, Director of Bands, Scarlett Middle School

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Programs

Sax Evolution

(90-minute Program)

Seventh Heaven Rag (1988) Stephen J. Rush. arr. Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Wedding Dance from Hasseneh (1955) Jacques Press. arr. José Olivier Riojas
Sleepwalker’s Shuffle (1970) William Albright. arr. Danny Hawthorne-Foss
Laf’n Sax (1924) Edward C. Barroll
Yakety Sax (1963) Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III. arr. Lucas Hopkins
Stedvig van Wunderbar (Stevie Wonder medley) arr. Jeremy Crosmer
Malaguena (1928) Ernesto Lecuona. arr. Zach Stern
Slava! (1977) Leonard Bernstein.  arr. José Olivier Riojas
Danny Boy Traditional. arr. Jonathan Hostottle
Counterpunch (2016) Gregory Wanamaker
I Encourage the Bickering (2017) Dan Puccio

Intermission

Smiles and Chuckles (1917) F. Henri Klickmann. arr. Lester Brockton
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (1786) W.A. Mozart. arr. Jonathan Hostottle
In The Mood (1940) Joe Garland. arr. Lucas Hopkins
Sleepwalker (1937) Raymond Scott. arr. Danny Hawthorne-Foss
Tom Brown’s Saxophone Waltz (1918) Tom Brown.  arr. G.E. Holmes
Photograph (2014) Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid. arr. Lucas Hopkins
Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor Op. 46 (1878) Antonin Dvorak. arr. Hawthorne-Foss
On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss (1989) David Holsinger. arr. José Olivier Riojas
Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) Freddie Mercury. arr. Sean Hurlburt
Flight of the Bumblebee (1899–1900) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. arr. Hulting-Cohen

Bios

Bending genres and uplifting spirits, The Moanin’ Frogs offer an electrifying approach to chamber music. Conservatory trained and entertainment minded, their dynamic and technically precise performances of classical, ragtime, jazz, and pop delight fans across the world.

Featuring all six saxophones from soprano to bass, The Moanin’ Frogs are unique on today’s chamber music landscape. First prize winners of the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, their passion, quality, variety, instrumentation, and focus on the audience experience set them apart. Comfortable in a wide array of venues, The Moanin’ Frogs deliver artist-level performances to small towns and major performance halls alike, performing for concert series, as concerto soloists, and for educational programs throughout the US and abroad. A few such performances include appearances at: the The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; on Detroit Public Television; in Strasbourg, France, and as concerto soloists with the United States Air Force Band of the West. Their debut recording was released on Teal Creek Music in 2017.
 

Online and in person, The Moanin’ Frogs inspire future generations through popular music videos, and interactive clinics and masterclasses for students and educators. The Moanin’ Frogs are performing artists for D’Addario Woodwinds and the Conn-Selmer Division of Education.

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Edward Goodman is soprano saxophonist of The Moanin’ Frogs, and is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Edward serves regularly as the principle saxophonist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Orchestra, New World Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and notable ensembles such as PRISM and the Donald Sinta Quartet. Equally at home in jazz as an improviser, Edward was a regular member of James Dapogny’s Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings. Notable competitions won include the North American Saxophone Alliance National Classical Solo Competition, and both Michigan State University’s and University of Michigan’s Concerto Competitions. Edward has been invited as a guest artist and clinician across the country as well as

internationally, including Michigan State University, Oakland University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Memphis, Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental d'Aulnay sous Bois, France, and 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2 Conference. Edward has served on the faculty of Interlochen Center of the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He holds degrees from Michigan State University and the

University of Michigan where his primary teachers were Joseph Lulloff, Diego Rivera, Donald Sinta, Andrew Bishop, and Timothy McAllister.

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Edward Goodman

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Gabriel Piqué is a native of Augusta, GA. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Illinois. Among Gabriel’s numerous academic and merit-based awards, he has been named a Presser Scholar, is the recipient of Eastman’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and is a current Graduate College Fellow at UIUC. As a soloist and active performer, Gabriel has presented concerts all over the world including Las Vegas, Croatia, Moscow, Strasbourg, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand. In 2016 he was named 1st Prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition and is also the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was named gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. In 2018, Gabriel established the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble where as director, he premiered numerous new arrangements for large saxophone ensemble. Gabriel has recently been appointed as the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, OH. His primary teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Chien-Kwan Lin, and Connie Frigo.

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Gabriel Piqué

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Jonathan Hostottle is a saxophonist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and serves at Lower and Middle School Band Director at the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, CA. Jonathan is an active performer, and frequently appeared throughout the Northeast and Great Lakes region in recitals. Jonathan is also an active orchestral performer, playing with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint Symphony, Lima Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Juilliard Symphony, and was an inaugural saxophone fellow at the 2018 Music Academy of the West, where he gave performances with the festival orchestra as well as a lecture recital exploring the history of the saxophone quartet and its repertoire.

 

He previously held a private saxophone studio in Ann Arbor and the Metro Detroit areas. In the Spring term of 2019, he served on the faculty at Mansfield University teaching saxophone as a sabbatical replacement. Jonathan holds undergraduate degrees in saxophone performance and music education and a Master’s Degree in saxophone performance with a cognate in conducting from the University of Michigan.

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Jonathan Hostottle

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Classical saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s performances as soloist and chamber musician have been considered “impressive” with “exceptional facility” (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and “fun to watch” (Oregon Arts Watch). He made his concerto debut with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony in 2011. With the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI) and Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (CA), he performed John Williams’ Escapades. In 2017 he premiered Felipe Salles’ Sagrada Familia with Arno Bornkamp. He made the world premiere recording of Stacy Garrop’s Quicksilver with the UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble in 2018. He is currently preparing Kenneth Fuchs’ Rush for performance in 2020. Since 2017, he has commissioned and performed recital repertoire connecting classical, jazz and folk aesthetics. His current recital season pairs these works with classical standards by Ibert, Harbison, and Bizet/Sarasate. He has performed at Chamber Music Northwest and in Carnegie Hall’s 21st Century Ensemble. He is co-founder of The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet, and the saxophone and harp duo Admiral Launch, whose debut records appeared on Teal Creek and Albany. Jonathan trained at the University of Michigan under Donald Sinta and is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, performing exclusively on their equipment and aiding in their design.

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Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

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Andy Hall is a saxophonist and teacher specializing in original chamber ensembles and early-development saxophone pedagogy.  As founder of the sensational new music ensemble, Latitude 49, Andy has held residencies at Princeton University, Baylor University, University of Michigan, Suny Fredonia, and more.  Latitude 49 has performed around the country collaborating with composers Marc Mellits, Viet Cuong, Shulamit Ran, Christopher Cerrone, and Gabriela Smith, to name a few.


 

He has competed and placed in numerous competitions, winning first place in the 2009 NFMC Biennial Competition, 1st Place Wind Division in the International MPRIZE Chamber Arts Competition, and was a 2009 Presser Scholar.  Andy has performed as soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Air Force Band of the West, Texas A&M Wind Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble, Interlochen's World Youth Orchestra, Triangle Wind Ensemble, and was a featured artist on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”.  

 

He holds a MM from the University of Michigan and a BM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in saxophone performance. Andy has taught the saxophone in group and private settings for fifteen years and has an award-winning private studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Andy Hall

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Lucas Hopkins is quickly becoming known as a prominent soloist, chamber musician and educator comfortable in a variety of styles including classical, contemporary, jazz, and pop.

 

An active performer, Lucas has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has presented solo recitals and master classes at various universities. Additionally, Lucas has performed multiple times with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop and with the Colorado Jazz Reparatory Orchestra.

 

Lucas is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Colorado, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and pedagogy, and has additional graduate degrees from The University of Michigan and Northwestern University. Lucas’ teachers include: Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, Tom Myer, and Andrew Bishop.

In addition to being an avid classical saxophonist, Lucas has performed in numerous pit orchestras and frequently gigs as a jazz saxophonist. As a private teacher, Lucas maintains a large private studio including many online students from across the country and abroad.  

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Lucas Hopkins