Yamaha Music Australia at WAAPA Sax Festival 2022

The last weekend in May saw Yamaha’s Band and Orchestral team visit Perth, Western Australia for the WAAPA Sax Festival, facilitated by Dr. Matt Styles, coordinator of Bachelor of Music Honours, head of cross-genre saxophone studies and Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After over two years, this was the first chance for the team to travel to WA to support the music-making community in person, something that has been significantly missed.

After 2 days packed full of music making, the Sax Festival culminated in a fantastic performance featuring The ‘Phone Co and of course the enormous Massed Sax Orchestra, comprising more than 75 saxophonists.

The Festival saw over a hundred saxophonists from around the state come together to attend workshops, rehearsals, performances and most importantly to make music, alongside renowned saxophone players such as Matt Styles, Jamie Oehlers, and Yamaha Artist Michael Duke.

The talk of the town throughout the weekend was the range of Yamaha Custom Sax Necks on display, after WA’s own Erin Royer’s analysis of the range hit the internet. Saxophonists of all ages and abilities were able to try various necks of different bore tapers and finishes, and witness the immense impact these necks had on tone and playability.

To try Yamaha Custom saxophone necks for yourself, get in touch with your local Yamaha Brass and Woodwind specialist and hear the impact for yourself!

[Images courtesy of WAAPA//Stephen Heath]

Alto Saxophone Neck

Tenor Saxophone Neck

Baritone Saxophone Neck


Finish: Gold lacquer, Auxiliary Keys: Front F and High F# key

YDS Series

Play the saxophone anytime, anywhere. Featuring the Integrated Bell Acoustic System, this is a unique digital saxophone that lets you control the volume and still maintain a seamless sense of expressive unity with the instrument.