Atlanta saxophone player, Randy Hunter, has almost twenty-five years of experience as a private instructor, and has recently assumed the role of Artist Affiliate in Jazz Saxophone at Emory University.
Private saxophone lessons are offered by Randy in the Northern Atlanta suburbs, including Roswell, Marietta, and Woodstock. He accepts beginning through advanced level saxophone students. Beginning through intermediate level flute and clarinet students are welcome. Jazz improvisation lessons are available for students of all wind instruments, including brass players.
Randy's studio has a long-standing record of producing students of the highest caliber. For the past ten consecutive years, students from his studio have attained positions in the Georgia all-state band, and many have gone on to pursue careers as performing musicians and professional music educators.
Basic lessons stress the development of fundamental concepts including tone production, scales, reading, and phrasing skills. Jazz style and improvisation are introduced when and if appropriate according to the individual student's needs and desires.
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Randy Hunter for private instruction with your students. I have had several students study with him with astounding results. All made district band and two made GA All State Band as freshmen. As for jazz, they all can and have taken rides, know their styles better than any other student, and they can all swing. For saxophones what else is there?
Throughout my 18 years of public school teaching I have never encountered a saxophone teacher with such a consistent record when it comes to student’s ability to flat out play.
We had Randy perform with us on our Spring Jazz concert in 2006 and he blew the house down! He was more than prepared and was very professional and laid back – no prima donna here! He worked great with the entire ensemble and the kids benefited so much just hearing that tone.
As band directors, we get hundreds of solicitations a week. Most end up in the circular file. I cannot stress how much your students and your program will benefit and improve with your saxophones studying with Randy Hunter. We all know the saxophone jokes; well those are the kids who don’t study with Randy.
Director of Bands
Chattahoochee High School
Randy Hunter was my private saxophone teacher while I was in high school. We studied classical and jazz repertoire from many different genres. He helped me to interpret the styles with accuracy while building technique that is helpful even to this point.
While studying with Randy I was able to make all-state band and all-state jazz band. In
all-state band, I made first chair throughout each year of high school. I am now a college
graduate, performing and teaching using many of the skills and methods gained through study with Randy.
He is a very intelligent and wonderful musician. I give Randy Hunter my highest recommendation.
BM in Music Performance
Clinician - 2007 GAJE Workshop
(Georgia Association of Jazz Educators)
Randy is available to serve as a jazz clinician at your school or workshop. As author of "Set the Stage: Jazz Combo/Small Group Arrangements and Instruction", he has the perfect method for teaching multiple aspects of playing jazz, including style and improvisation. His method and experience enable him to provide clinics for groups having a wide range of experience.
"Randy Hunter performed in concert with my jazz ensemble at Georgia Perimeter College last week. He also did a master class on jazz styles, harmony, improvisation and performance. Both events were an outstanding success. Randy was able to pinpoint and speak to specific needs of my ensemble giving them individual solutions and attention as well as helping them with ensemble performance concepts. We used Randy's publications for performance and source materials. They were so good we will be using his compositions and practice materials in our spring concert. I would highly recommend Mr. Hunter for a master class with your ensemble."
Jazz Combo Instructor
Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus
Click the more info link for information on his "Set the Stage" method. You may also wish to view his U-Tube video, which features a tune from this method entitled, "Danger Zone" (Randy is featured on a bari sax solo).
Randy routinely provides musical demonstrations at elementary schools. Performances on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, along with discussions about jazz, making music, and wind instruments are designed to spark the interest of young people and turn them on to the rewards of playing music and joining school band.
Please contact Randy for information on having him visit your school, day care facility, or church youth group.
Randy is seen in this photograph providing a demonstration for a group of students at Sixes Elementary School in Cherokee County, Georgia, where he served as "Musician-in-Residence" during the spring of 2007.
As a professional saxophonist, Randy provides freelance services to a number of different bands. Credits include performances with Cab Calloway, Duffy Jackson of the Count Basie Band, Chubby Jackson of the Woody Herman Band, Red Rodney, The Glenn Miller Singers, The Drifters, The Dells, Bob Crosby and the Bobcats, The Larry Elgart Band, and opening performances for Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Ray Charles, Peabo Bryson, Jimmy Buffet, Koko Taylor, and Jr. Walker and the Allstars. Studio credits include recordings for/with the Atlanta Braves, the Cartoon Channel, IBM, Francine Reed, Chick Willis, Vernon Garrett, and many others.
Randy can be seen performing throughout the Atlanta area with the jazz trio Metro Quest, the Three's a Crowd jazz quartet, and the well-known funk, rock and soul band The League of Decency. He is in constant demand as a jazz, rock, and funk saxophonist and welcomes calls for both studio and freelance engagements.