Formed in 1996, the Saxophilia saxophone quartet has been performing to acclaim in their home location of Vancouver, BC and across Western Canada.  Saxophilia performs regularly at post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland including Douglas College, Vancouver Community College, and the University of British Columbia.   They have been featured artists at North American Saxophone Alliance concerts in Vancouver, Victoria, and Saskatoon, and performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Canada in 2000.

In 2001 Saxophilia performed Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble with the University of Saskatchewan and University of British Columbia wind ensembles.  The quartet formed the saxophone section for the Vancouver premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China, produced by Vancouver Opera in 2010.  Since 2007 they have regularly performed for the ArtsWay program of Health Arts Society, providing live music to residential and extended care health facilities.  Live performances of Saxophilia have been recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio2.


David Branter, soprano saxophone
Tony Sheppartd, alto saxophone
Julia Nolan, tenor saxophone
Colin MacDonald, baritone saxophone


Selected repertoire:
Graham Fitkin - STUB, HURL (Canadian premiere)
Colin MacDonald - Prana
John Burke - Gyaling (world premiere)
Derek Charke - Last Call (world premiere)
Peter Hannan – Fast Truck Bop
Michael Torke - July
Pierre Max Dubois - Quatuor
Phil Woods – Three Improvisations for Sax Quartet
John Mackey – Strange Humors
Claude Pascal – Quatuor de Saxophones
Alfred Desenclos – Quatuor pour saxophones
Jean Rivier – Grave et Presto
Eugene Bozza – Andante et Scherzo

upcoming events

Music @ Midweek

Cascadia Reed Quintet
Music by Mozetich, Martland, Mellits, and MacDonald
Marea Chernoff, oboe
Christopher Lee, clarinet
Colin MacDonald, saxophones
Olivia Martin, bassoon
AK Coope, bass clarinet
Daniel Tones, marimba

Wed, Jan 31, 2018 12 pm
KPU Langley Auditorium, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC