Adagio Sax Quartet Performs Annual Holiday Concert December 8 at

St. Timothy Lutheran Church


MELBOURNE, FL, November 11, 2019 – The Adagio Sax Quartet (ASQ) returns for its annual holiday concert in a program of traditional Christmas carols and modern holiday tunes. The event will be held Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 pm, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1903 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL, 32935. The concert is free. A $10 donation is suggested.

“Each year that we perform our holiday concert, we get such positive feedback from our audience,” said Dave Hutson, founder of the group and the baritone sax player. “Most of the songs are well-known but have just enough inventive arrangement that they remain fresh.  Most of our songs are arranged by Paul Burrucker, from Titusville – a genius arranger.”


The sax is a very adaptable instrument that has held a key position in jazz and rock for decades. A sax quartet playing classical or pop music is totally different. “Some have told us that a sax quartet sounds like a pipe organ with its rich textures of the sounds and harmonies,” Hutson said.


Selections on the playbill range from We’ve Been a While a-Wandering (The Wassailing Song), and Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind, to modern arrangements of We Need a Little Christmas and Sleigh Ride. The quartet will even throw in The Hallelujah Chorus for those needing their Handel fix.


ASQ is one of few sax quartets in the area and is considered one of the best. In addition to Hutson, musicians include: Andrew Cleaver, soprano and first alto sax, who spent 20 years in Air Force bands, including the Airmen of Note; Alissa Kanocz, second alto, who is the band and orchestra teacher at Stone Magnet Middle School; and John Babb, tenor sax, who came to the area from Atlanta, where he played in the pit band of several theaters and who plays with Swingtime.


For more information about the Adagio Sax Quartet contact Hutson at or call 321-501-3722.


Melbourne Municipal Band Office   321.724.0555