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.
"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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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
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
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.