Music Educator and Saxophonist
………“I had been a part of the Young Saxophonist’s Institute, a summer camp geared towards providing master-classes, chamber music, and large ensemble opportunities to students in the Houston and DFW metroplex for a number of years. We brought in many top-notch local players to be guest clinicians and instructors for our camp. One year we brought in my good friend, Johnny Salinas, who at that time was and still is a Légère artist. Remembering the clarity, power, and finesse he possessed the first time I heard him play with the Légère is something I’ll never forget. I had my reservations, but I finally took the plunge and gave them a try.
And I have never looked back. It’s amazing how I haven’t sacrificed any part of my sound and playing after a lifetime of using cane reeds. Now, my “ritual” only consists of assembling the horn!
It’s a no brainer. Légère is the way to go. So much more time is available to practice now that reed-prep is no longer required. They sound immaculate, respond quickly, and feel great. Their consistency reed to reed is also sensational!
Thank you to Légère for letting me focus on making music!’” - Lee Redfearn
Lee Redfearn III is a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston, Moores School of Music with Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance.
While in Houston, he was principal of the Wind Ensemble and served in that role in their most recent performance at TMEA in 2011. He was also a member of the Jazz Orchestra and had the opportunity to play with trombonist Andy Martin and saxophonist Seamus Blake.
He is a former member of two nationally-recognized saxophone quartets, Paradigm, and Blue Static. The Blue Static Saxophone Quartet performed in many prestigious competitions including the MTNA, Coleman Chamber Music Association Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Competition where they won the Silver Medal prize in the Wind Division in 2011.
The quartet is featured with the Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble on an album of wind ensemble compositions by Nicolas Flagello and Arnold Rosner, on Naxos Records (8.573060-Naxos).
As a teacher, many of his students have earned placement in the All-Region, All-Area, and All-State bands in Texas. He has also serves on the staff of The Young Saxophonists Institute (formerly Eason Studios Summer Saxophone Camps), which provides quality saxophone master class instruction, chamber music, and saxophone choir opportunities to students grades 7-incoming college freshman throughout the Houston and DFW Metroplex.
His mentors include Eddie Green, Denis Kidwell, Scott McAdow, John Benzer, David Bertman, and Noe
Marmolejo. He also studied saxophone with Dan Gelok, Valerie Vidal, Dr. Karen Wylie, and Dr. Scott
Plugge. He has participated and performed in master classes with Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Otis Murphy, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Dr. Jeff Vickers as well as renowned composer Christian Lauba and Saxophonist Richard Ducros.
He is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, TX, where his responsibilities include conducting the Concert and Varsity Bands, assisting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band, team-teaching the Marching Band. He also is the Director of the East Plano Chamber Winds, a woodwind choir that provides chamber music opportunities for all students in the Plano East Band cluster program.
His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, Kappa Kappa Psi, Honorary Band Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society.
Lee plays on Légère Reeds, Vandoren Mouthpieces and ligatures, and Yamaha Saxophones.