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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"In ALL of my time at UNR, I have never seen such a spectacular and highly talented group of musical talents - and the audience was delighted by the quality of the music and entertainment features."  Advisory committee, Performing Arts series, University of Nevada Reno

"The Moanin’ Frogs have a contagious passion for all things saxophone. The enthusiasm and dedication that was reflected through their outreach events, left audience members of all ages inspired....The Moanin’ Frogs kept audience members captivated as they traversed decades through the evening’s repertoire. I received emails and feedback from season ticketholders for twenty years plus who shared that this was a truly exceptional evening. They are exceptional musicians and educators who are committed to having a positive impact in the communities that they visit."  Shoshana Zeldner, Performing Arts Series, University of Nevada Reno
 

“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

"What a sensational saxophone sextet... They took us on a journey through time, discussing the fascinating properties of saxophones, their musical history..., and the different musical styles the saxophone can play. They played a variety of songs in different genres... Our patrons of all ages were deeply engaged in both the lecture sections and the musical portions. You believe you are hearing a full wind orchestra, truly it was an incredible sound. What a wonderful program!  Jessica Fanaselle, Northwest Reno Library staff

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Sample Program

Voyage

 

Launched in 1977, the Voyager spacecraft included “Golden Records” as a sort of time capsule containing various images, sounds, and music from different cultures and eras. These records are intended to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth in the scenario that the spacecraft are intercepted by any spacefarers in the distant future.  This concert takes the listener on a voyage through time and across the world, performing some of the music on the Golden Record, as well as other pieces that The Moanin’ Frogs believe are worthy of sending in to space on a new Golden Record!

 

Also sprach Zarathustra (1896) - Richard Strauss. Arr. Lucas Hopkins 

Wedding Dance from Hasseneh (1955) - Jacques Press. arr. José Olivier Riojas

Euphonic Sounds (1909) - Scott Joplin. arr. Gabriel Piqué 

Graceful Ghost Rag (1970) - William Bolcom. Arr. Jeff Siegfried

Melancholy Blues (1927) - Marty Bloom. arr. Keenan McKenzie

In The Mood (1940) Joe Garland. arr. Lucas Hopkins

El Cascabel (1930) - Lorenzo Barcelata. arr. José Olivier Riojas

Danny Boy Traditional. arr. Jonathan Hostottle 

Selections from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor (1739) - J.S. Bach. arr. Zach Stern

Johnny B. Goode (1955) - Chuck Berry. arr. Gabriel Piqué 

 

Intermission

 

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (1786) W.A. Mozart. arr. Jonathan Hostottle

Fairie Round (1599) - Anthony Holborne. arr. Jeff Siegfried

The Star-Crossed Lovers (1956) - Duke Ellington. arr. Dennis Wilson

Stedvig Van Wunderbar (Stevie Wonder Mashup) arr. Jeremy Crosmer

Slava! (1977) Leonard Bernstein.  arr. José Olivier Riojas 

Malaguena (1928) Ernesto Lecuona. arr. Zach Stern

Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) Freddie Mercury. arr. Sean Hurlburt 

Flight of the Bumblebee (1900) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. arr. Jonathan 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

soprano saxophone

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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Gabriel Piqué

alto saxophone

Gabriel Piqué is the current Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at Baldwin Wallace University and holds degrees in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Illinois. Among Piqué’s numerous academic and merit-based awards, he has been named a Presser Scholar and is recipient of Eastman’s prestigious performer’s certificate. He was a graduate college fellow at the University of Illinois.

 

As a soloist and active performer, Piqué has presented concerts all over the world, including in Las Vegas, Croatia, Moscow, Strasbourg, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand. In 2020 he was the featured concerto soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Tempe, AZ and was named was named first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition in 2016. He is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was the gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Fuego Quartet recently released its debut album, "Migration," through the Parma Recordings label. Piqué also plays alto in the critically acclaimed touring saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. In 2018, Gabriel established the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble. As director he has arranged and premiered numerous original transcriptions for large saxophone ensemble at the North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference.

 

Piqué has studied jazz saxophone with Dave D’Angelo of the Buddy Rich Orchestra and Ron Bridgewater of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His primary classical teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Chien-Kwan Lin and Connie Frigo. 

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Jeff Siegfried

tenor saxophone

Jeff Siegfried combines a “rich, vibrant tone” (South Florida Classical Review) with “beautiful and delicate playing” (Michael Tilson Thomas) to deliver “showstopper performances” (Peninsula Reviews). Siegfried serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at West Virginia University. He is a member of The Moanin’ Frogs and the Estrella Consort and has collaborated with casalQuartet and the Fonema Consort.

Siegfried received first prize at the Luminarts Competition and the Frances Walton Competition and was runner up in the Carmel Music Society Competition and the NASA Quartet Competition. He is the recipient of the 2016 Hans Schaueble Award.  

Siegfried has appeared as a soloist with the University of Portland Wind Ensemble, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Spoleto Festival, USA.

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Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

tenor saxophone

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. Subsequent performances include concerti with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI) and Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (CA), Chamber Music Northwest, Carnegie Hall, and the Virtuosi Concert Series in Winnipeg, Canada. 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. His interdisciplinary work includes dance, film and performance art collaborations. 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.

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Andy Hall

baritone saxophone

Andy Hall is a saxophonist and teacher specializing in chamber music 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 a decorated private studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lucas Hopkins

bass saxophone

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 Repertory 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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