What is the Monterey Concert Band Working on?

Here are the selections we are working on in the Monterey Concert Band where I conduct on Thursday, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Kingsland Spring:
Looking Past the Shadows:

Broadway Favourites:

Beauty and the Beast:
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina:
Get Me to the Church on Time:
I Dreamed a Dream:
Go Go Go Joseph:
The Phantom of the Opera:
Seventy-Six Trombones:
Concert B-flat Tuning Notes:

Joe on Saxophone Care – padsavers


The long, stiff fluffy cleaners for saxophones are called padsavers. They do clean and dry the inside but should never be left inside the instrument. They are also difficult to clean. Small, stiff brushes should not be used, especially if the bristles are held on with twisted wire; they are for brass instrument metal mouthpieces.

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Check out Joe’s post on saxophone care.

Where is Joe in September?

Monterey Centre Concert Band

Joe is the Conductor of the Monterey Centre Concert Band on Thursdays, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Monterey Centre in Oak Bay.

Dave Lang and the Twin Otters

Joe plays swing clarinet with Dave Lang and the Twin Otters– 30s jazz & western swing styled originals plus standards.

Sunday, September 28th, 2 -5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel

Groovin’ Hard Jazz Band

Joe is the director of the Groovin’ Hard Jazz Band.

Wednesday evenings at the Kiwanis Pavilion.

Queenie and the Groove Kings

Joe is playing with Queenie and the Groove Kings at Government House for the Long Service Awards:

Tuesday,  September 30th

Wednesday, October 1st

Thursday, October 2nd

Monday, October 6th

Tuesday, October 7th

Thursday, October 9th


Joe plays sweet swing classics with the Dream-a-Littles.

Thursday September 11th – noon at Centennial Square.

Dave Paulson Jazz Quintet

Joe plays jazz on alto sax with the Dave Paulson Jazz Quintet

Pacific Christian School band clinic

Tuesday morning, September 30th.

Where is Joe in August?

Hear Joe in concert this summer:

Dave Lang and the Twin Otters

30s jazz & western swing styled originals plus standards

Sidney Market

Saturday  August 16th  2-5pm
– swing clarinet


Sweet Swing Classics

Oaks Restaurant  – 2250 Oak Bay Ave

Friday August 15th – 7 to 9 pm

Dave Paulson Jazz Quintet

Beacon Hill Park

Friday August 15th – 1:30 pm
– jazz on alto sax

2nd Annual Summer Jazz Improvisation Workshops with Joe Hatherill


Learn new techniques and receive specialized instruction to hone your improvisation skills. These popular workshops are for adults with at least two years performing experience.

Wednesday evenings at the Kiwanis Centre 3204 Cedar Hill Road Victoria.

Six sessions – July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and August 6th and 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $42 for six 70-minute sessions ($10 drop-in per session). Workshop space is limited – Register and pay to ensure your place:

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Or pay by cheque to:

Joe Hatherill

Saxophone Care

  1. Be aware of hygiene and germs – use your mouthpiece and reed to play other saxophones.
  2. Always have clean hands and mouth.
  3. Wipe mouthpiece after each playing.
  4. Remember saliva and sweat are acidic and will damage the saxophone if not cleaned.
  5. Carefully remove dust and saliva periodically,
  6. A pad saver and crook pull-through help (a handkerchief on a boot lace works fine).
  7. Always use a mouth-piece cap when not playing.
  8. Remove reed after each playing and store on a flat clean surface.
  9. Never hold the saxophone by the keys.
  10. Guard against knocks, scrapes, and vibration.
  11. Have the saxophone checked twice yearly.
  12. Use oil and polish very sparingly – only on older instruments.
  13. Make sure the saxophone is secure on sling or stand – a good sling and stand can save expensive repair bills.
  14. Avoid extreme temperature change – e.g. radiators, trunk of car
  15. Regularly brush out or vacuum the case.
  16. Most cases have bad or unsuitable straps, edges, hinges and padding.
  17. Not all saxophones fit in all cases – check the fit.
  18. Always keep a copy of the registration number somewhere safe and make sure your instrument is properly insured.
  19. Many simple emergency or temporary repairs can be done with a screwdriver, pliers, tape, elastic bands and cardboard before bringing the saxophone for professional repair.
Be gentle with your saxophone.

Library Book Sales are a great way to find free music resources.

Your library and librarians are a great free resource for recorded music, music history books, and print music. Throughout the year, library book sales offer an economical way to acquire books and print resources to help your music practice and provide inspiration.

Check this site for updates on the latest book sales in Victoria: http://www.gvplfriends.ca/booksales/


– Joe

Music Lessons and Performances – All Styles