“Weekend of Sax” raises funds to support local music education programs

Jun 28, 2012

Members of the Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ) and the Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet (DVSQ) at the May 5 “Night of Sax” event benefitting the Community Conservatory and the Delaware Valley College Music Program. Left to Right - James Steele (WSaxQ), William R. Schutt (DVSQ), Reg Jackson (WSaxQ), Rich Kleinfeldt (WSaxQ), Brian Freer (DVSQ), Mike Seifried (DVSQ), Rick Parrell (WSaxQ), and Don Kline (DVSQ).

MATCOR, Inc., the Community Conservatory and Delaware Valley College teamed up in May to bring the world-famous Washington Saxophone Quartet to Doylestown for a weekend that brought music programs to local students, entertained the community and raised money for two local music organizations. MATCOR, Inc. recently presented donations of over $2600 each to the Community Conservatory and the Delaware Valley College Music Program.

The money was raised through ticket sales to “Night of Sax” at the Mercer Museum, where the Washington Saxophone Quartet thrilled the audience with the premier of two Duke Ellington arrangements by composer Gary Fagin of the Bucks County Symphony.

In addition, the Washington Sax Quartet worked with students at C.B. West High School and Kutz Elementary School and performed at a free community concert with the Delaware Valley College Symphonic Band.

“Working with Bill Schutt, the Washington Square Sax Quartet and Delaware Valley College was a fantastic experience. We enjoyed being part of this great weekend of music and we very much appreciate the financial support that will benefit the Conservatory’s outreach programs for children and adults with disabilities, at-risk children and senior citizens,” said Chris Dwyer, Executive Director for the Community Conservatory.

“The weekend's programs highlighted the vitality of the arts in our community by showcasing two dynamic organizations with a strong commitment to music education," said Jack W. Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of Music and Chair, Departments of English and Liberal Arts for DelVal. “The Sunday concert with the Washington Saxophone Quartet gave DelVal's student musicians the unique experience of performing along-side world-class artists,” continued Schmidt. “The funds raised by the benefit concert will be used to purchase instruments and support future musical programs at Delaware Valley College.”

“We are very pleased to donate these funds to support music students in our community,” says William Schutt, Chairman of MATCOR, Inc., underwriters for the weekend of events. “We were also pleased to see the collaboration that took place between the Community Conservatory and Delaware Valley College, in addition to support from the Mercer Museum and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce for this one of a kind music weekend.”