JSU Marching Southerners

Marching Southerners

Saxophone Line


Meet The Family!

The saxophone line maintains between 50 and 60 members each year, making us one of the larger sections of the band. Our versatile sound makes us critical in supporting the diverse music selection of the Marching Southerners. From the warm, beautiful Salvation to the traditional jazz style in Quilting Party, we are important to the overall sound of the Southerners.

What makes us strong though isn’t the instrument, or the music.  It’s our bond as a family.  That’s what being a Southerner is about.

Section Leaders

Matthew Ladnier

Head Section Leader

Hometown: Daphne, AL

High School: Daphne High School

Advice to incoming freshmen: “Cherish every second that you’re here!”

Graham Pierce

Assistant Section Leader

Hometown: Hoover, AL

High School: Hoover High School

Advice to incoming freshmen: “You’ll meet some of your closest friends in The Marching Southerners, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and interact outside of your section!”

Chase McCain

Assistant Section Leader

Hometown: Arab, AL

High School: Arab High School

Advice to incoming freshmen: “Joining The Marching Southerners was a decision that I have never regretted. You will become a part of one big family and make the best memories being a part of this band!!”






Additional Links

1) Do we have to audition to make the saxophone line? Yes, you do! The auditions are not meant to be stressful. They are a combination of marching technique, attitude, and playing ability. The section leaders will keep you informed about the music for auditions as we get closer to band camp. 

Music Audition videos must be submitted by July 1st, and visual auditions will take place during camp! 

2) Do we need to wear anything specific to band camp? No, you don’t! We recommend wearing light-weight clothes that you would exercise in. The only requirement is that you wear tennis shoes. Also, bring plenty of water!

3) Where do we meet for events such as Scholarship Auditions, Woodwind Weekend, J-Day Game, and Band Camp? Contact your section leaders to find out the exact location. We attached a map of the campus that will hopefully make finding Mason Hall easier. http://www.jsu.edu/campusmap/?Mason_Hall_

4) Do you need to sign up for a specific class to be a part of the Marching Southerners? Yes! At orientation, you will need to sign up for either MU192 (underclassmen) or 392 (upperclassmen). Once you do this, you will officially be enrolled in the Southerners. You MUST be signed up for the class to march. 

5) Do we need sign up for band camp? Yes! You will sign up by clicking on the BAND CAMP REGISTRATION tab under “Events/Band Camp”. 

6) When are concert band auditions? Auditions for the fall semester are virtual and will be due through online submission on August 1st before band camp begins. Music for auditions will be posted around May!

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