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| Todd White
The Saxiest Man in Town!
|Earlville Association for Ragtime Lovers Yearning
for Jazz Advancement and Socialization
Todd “Big Horn” White is a world class saxophonist and saxophone collector.
Currently, he has 15 Saxes that cover the range of all known Saxes. Ranging from the
smallest to the largest, they are Bb Soprillo, Eb Sopranino, C Soprano, 2 Bb Sopranos,
F Mezzo-Soprano (F Alto), 2 Eb Altos, C Melody (C Tenor), Bb Tenor, 2 Eb Baritones,
Bb Bass, EEb Contrabass, and BBb Sub-Contrabass. (The Sub-Contrabass is also
known as a Saxophone Bourdon from Adolphe Sax’s original patent.) There are only
two Sub-Contrabass Saxes in the world; Todd’s is 7’5” tall! His smallest, Soprillo (also
known as Piccolo/Sopranissimo), is only about one foot long.
Todd has been playing saxophone since 1979 with a variety of groups and styles
including big bands, a power pop punk band, blues bands, marching bands and 1920’s
hot jazz orchestra. He has played drums, a variety of Saxes, sung in the chorus and
had acting parts in some 20 musical shows in the Cleveland area. He also has given
presentations at local universities about the saxophone and participated in saxophone
Todd met his wife when they played in the pit orchestra for a production of
Cabaret in Lakewood, OH. He on Baritone and Soprano Saxes, plus Tambourine &
Snare Drum for the show; she played Alto Sax and Clarinet.
Currently, Todd plays Baritone and Alto with Joe Mayer’s Big Band Orchestra.
Also, he plays Contrabass Sax with the Townsmen Orchestra (Big Band) as well as
with the Townsmen Jazz Unit plus Soprillo Sax with the Townsmen Marching Unit
and Sub-Contrabass Sax with the Townsmen Orchestra for Christmas Concerts. In
2011, Todd was promoted to Music Director for the Townsmen. He also has played
with Prime Time Big Band, Swing Era Big Band, the Hermit Club Big Band, Dan Zola
Big Band, M2B2, and various other groups. Finally, you can often hear Todd playing
with the Night Owls, the 10 piece 1920’s jazz band, at the Barking Spider on the
second Sunday of the month. In his spare time, he is a Lead Programmer/Analyst.