John Mark Hatfield

Student in Athens, Georgia

John Mark Hatfield

Student in Athens, Georgia

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Hey everyone! My name is John Mark, and I play the saxophone. I primarily play alto saxophone, but I'm not too shabby with the baritone saxophone either. As you probably have already guessed, I love playing music very much.

I began playing saxophone when I joined my middle school band program in sixth grade. Now a sophomore in college, I continue to play my instrument on a daily basis. I'm a member of both the Redcoat Marching Band and Symphonic Band here at UGA.

I would consider myself to be a classical saxophonist, as I mostly play symphonic and classical works. My time in band has given me a tremendous appreciation for classical and band music. I find myself listening to the works of Bizet and Berlioz much more frequently than the latest Lady Gaga or Coldplay songs (although I am a fan of both). I also love the works of Alfred Reed, one of the most famous composers of modern symphonic band literature. Reed's "Russian Christmas Music" is, without a doubt, one of my favorite pieces of band music.

The aspect of music that is the most special for me is playing saxophone with family members. My sister, father, and uncle all play the saxophone, and we frequently play and perform together as a quartet. The time we spend playing saxophone is always a lot of fun, and the music we are able to make together never ceases to amaze me. I guess it could be said that playing the saxophone is somewhat of a family tradition.

Playing the saxophone is definitely a major part of my life and has been for some time now. It is true that music is something to be enjoyed and shared with others. I remind myself of this each time I pick up my instrument.