THE MOANIN' FROGS
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..."
Associate Professor of Saxophone, University of Michigan
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 chamber concerts, concertos, and educational programs throughout the US and abroad. The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Detroit Public Television; The Gong Show on ABC; Strasbourg, France; and rural Arkansas are a few such venues. 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, interactive clinics, masterclasses, and a yearly summer institute for students of all ages. The Moanin’ Frogs are performing artists for D’Addario Woodwinds and the Conn-Selmer Division of Education.
The Name "The Moanin' Frogs"
Much of the repertoire The Moanin' Frogs performed early on in their career revolved around music from the 1920's. To capture the care free nature of these earlier pieces found in ragtime and vaudeville, we combined the name of two ragtime pieces commonly performed by the saxophone ensemble the Six Brown Brothers: That Moanin' Saxophone Rag, and Bullfrog Blues. Though we no longer perform these two pieces in our program, our name symbolize the history of the saxophone ensemble; where it began at the turn of the 20th century and where the saxophone ensemble is now.