Larry Teal


Larry Teal (1905-1984) is considered by many to be the father of American orchestral saxophone. Teal became the first full-time professor of saxophone at any American university when he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1953. He remained the professor of saxophone there until he retired in 1974, at which time he was given the title “professor emeritus.” During his 21 years at the university, he taught over 100 college saxophone students, many of whom went on to become successful teachers and performers. Near present-day Wayne State University, Teal also maintained a private studio teaching many gifted young high school and college players. One of those students was Don Sinta, widely regarded as a saxophone virtuoso. Mr. Teal was highly sought after as a professional musician by both classical and popular musical organizations alike and in the early 1950s, he served a stint as flutist and occasional saxophonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Teal wrote several published books for use by saxophone students and teachers, including Daily Studies for the Improvement of the Saxophone Technique, and Melodies for the Young Saxophonist (Etolie/ Keiser); The Art of Saxophone Playing (Alfred); and The Saxophonist’s Workbook (Encore Publications).



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