Miles Osland established the Mega-Sax program at the University of Kentucky in 1989. This creation was inspired by his experience as a member of the SuperSax group led by Lanny Morgan (founding member of the original “Supersax”) at the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop, and Saxology directed by Ramon Ricker at Eastman School of Music.
The program at the University of Kentucky consists of Mega-Sax ensembles performing in quartets and quintets, with and without a rhythm section. It is Professor Osland’s intent to increase the awareness of this musical genre through live performances and recordings by Mega-Sax.The top Mega-Sax group has already made great strides towards this goal with featured performances at the Elmhurst (IL) Jazz Festival, the New England (MA) Saxophone Symposium, and a standing room only concert at CAV Nite Club in Providence, Rhode Island. The group has also been featured with Greg Abate at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati, Ohio and performed in concert with Sony Latin recording artist Ed Calle.
The ensembles’ debut recording, We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rhythm Section, was chosen to be featured on the Jazz South Radio Show, which is broadcast on over 250 NPR stations across the globe. The CD was also recommended for a Grammy nomination by Sea Breeze Vista Records, and received a “four-star” review from Downbeat magazine. The group is a three-time winner of the prestigious Downbeat Student Music Awards in both classical and jazz categories.
what the critics say...
Led by hot soloist and dedicated prof Miles Osland, the Megas join the ranks of other sax ensembles like the World Saxophone Quartet and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet. They have a blues sensibility - they have precision - they have humor - Be prepared to be impressed!! Providence Phoenix
[the Mega-Sax recording] has changed the way I think about saxophone quartets. Saxophone Journal
Here is a monumentally endowed quartet of saxophones. ****Downbeat
You won’t believe these are students! Jazz Times
- Large Ensembles
- World Music
- Athletic Ensembles
- Events Calendar
About UK Mega-Sax
Director: Miles Osland
Course # MUC 172/570
Audition Requirements: The audition process consists of performing a prepared piece and sight-reading. Improvising is required for students who wish to perform in a combo or play a solo chair in an ensemble. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to the entire university community.
Normal Rehearsal Schedule: The Mega-Sax ensembles rehearse two hours per week.