Saxophone/Buescher Saxophone

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Our son(11)began playing the saxophone in July this past summer. His instructor is amazed at the pace of learning he has shown. After his first recital this past Saturday, our aunt called us over to her house and gave him my uncle's jazz saxophone. My aunt said that my uncle bought it when he was in high school. He played in the Air Force Jazz Band at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, the Coast Big Band, and as my aunt would say, "Lots of great little bars all over the place!" We would love to know a little more about it (ie what year model if possible). He also had a case of mouthpieces that our son got. A couple of them are brass (solid metal) and our instructor said that he thought one of them was a custom made piece. It has Aristocrat on the bell along with True Tone. The word Buescher is stamped on the G# key and the numbers on the back are 278320.

Thanks in advance for any information you can give us.

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Hello Amy,
Your Uncle and I both served in the USAF bands. I remember when the Keesler band was deactivated at the same time my band, Chanute AFB "USAF Band of the Midwest" was deactivated. Your uncle had a pro Buescher but I need to see some photos. You never told me if it's an alto or tenor. Looking up the serial numbers show this sax was made in 1937 and was called the Aristocrat series one "Art Deco".
Here is more info from the web...
 ARISTOCRAT (series One) 270XXX 290XXX
Tenors and alto horns only. The others were still basically True Tones. These are really nice players, much sought after. You'll be unlikely to find them in anything but lacquer. Add 20% for silver. These horns are much more desirable than any of their ancestors. Value in mint condition...
Alto $ 1800
Tenor $ 2300
End web content...
Well, there you have it... I'm dying to see this great classic sax. Just remember one golden rule with vintage saxophones, they are not toys, and should be kept far away from kids. Your son is way too young for this sax, all it takes is one drop and thats it. I wouldn't give this sax to my son and he's 18...A kid would have to earn a sax this beautiful by taking private lessons for 5 years and working his tail off. Remember this is a one of a kind vintage professional saxophone. Give this sax to your son when he turns 16...he can still learn on his student Yamaha, vito or bundy. They are student saxophones designed to take the punishment a kid can deliver. Those mouthpieces are not for kids either. If the mouthpiece gets dropped, it's gone forever. Your son should be playing on a high quality student mouthpiece.(Selmer C* or Vandoren. The metal mouthpieces were used for rock and roll and jazz. If your son sticks with the sax and gets really great, then this sax is perfect for him. I have met many kids who quit band, never to play again. His teacher sounds awesome though. I can't wait to see some photos.
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Grant Koeller  

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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

Experience

Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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