Boston Saxophone Quartet Reviews

Friday, September 27, 2019
Worcester Medical Society Gala, Mechanics Hall, Worcester

“The band was great.”
“The band was a nice touch for such a special occasion.”
“The music and dancing were perfect.”

Martha Wright, Executive Director of the Worcester Medical Society

Boston First Night 2018

"I sincerely enjoyed working with the Boston Sax Quartet. They were very helpful in refining my piece and kind enough to play it on the Boston First Night concert. The piece was performed exactly how I wanted and sounded amazing. Overall, they are fantastic group of musicians and I would love to work with them again."

Alicia Yu

"The BSQ was a very nice experience to listen to a saxophone quartet and hearing my own work be performed by those instruments as well as hearing other pieces that were traditionally for strings."

LeeDaniel Tran

"I had a wonderful experience writing a piece and being able to hear it performed by professionals! It was a pleasure to work with you and the Boston Saxophone Quartet."

Deena Corkindale

“Participating in the Noteworthy Scholars competition was a marvelous experience that wonderfully helped us as students grow as learners and use creativity. Hearing my piece played and all the other participants’ pieces was a gratifying experience and I thank the BSQ very much for their work and effort put into playing it so beautifully.”

Perrin Price, Boston Latin School, Class of 2019


“Noteworthy Scholars is a fantastic opportunity for young composers. It’s wonderful for them to be able to write for a not-so-common ensemble, which is a great learning experience, and to have the helpful and positive feedback of this experienced, professional group of musicians.”

Eva Kendrick, composition teacher at Community Music School Boston

Monday, November 5th 2018

"The Boston Saxophone Quartet gave a beautiful concert at the Boston Athenaeum. They showcased many different musical styles. An excellent performance."

Elsa Fogg Vernon
Technical Coordinator of Events
Boston Athenaeum

Bright View Senior Living
North Andover, MA
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fifth Anniversary Celebration

"Just amazing… you guys were great! “

GinaConcierge , Bright View Senior Living

October 13, 2017

All Swing Program at Nichols Village, Groveland

"The residents at Nichols Village, An Independent Retirement Community in Groveland, MA, were recently entertained by the BSQ.  They thoroughly enjoyed the performance not only because of their professionalism and talented backgrounds, but because they engaged the residents.  They made the music come to life for the residents because they explained the background to each number performed, and had lively banter go back and forth over the course of the evening.  A nice connection between musicians and audience.  A fabulous evening for all."

Jane P. Collins, Activity Director

January 21, 2015

Here Comes America ..... WWI
World War I

"Thank you for a great performance. I think it was well researched and everyone had a great time."

Gavin Kleespies, Director of Programs
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Dear Peter,

[A]ttached is a letter from the president of the Friends of MHL about the BSQ concert last Sunday [March 30, 2014]. You brought a lot of joy to many people on Sunday. I am sharing your information with my fellow library program planners.

Best regards,

Stefani Traina
Community Services Librarian

Boston Sax Quartet

Dear Peter Cokkinias (and BSQ),

Your wonderful performance in the Transportation Building at First Night this year provided an unexpected gift to the audience - and to the community.  Hearing three pieces composed by  young local students was a thrill.  They were complex pieces of exceptionally high quality, offering them publicly validated young people in the community, and truly furthered one of the aims of First Night in supporting local artists.  I hope that you continue to draw on local talent this way, and that others follow your fine example. Thank you so much.
Ellen Sarkisian
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
January 2012

Happy New Year!  First, I want to tell you how much I enjoyed hearing your group perform at First Night.  The musicianship and the sound of your group was amazing.  The way the four of you blended, balanced, articulated and peformed the wonderful arrangements was really impressive.  Second, your idea of including pieces written by CMHSA students showed the tremendous commitment you have to the program and the students involved.  The special recognition you showed Daniel Whitelock at the event--with his family in attendance--was wonderful.  I, and I'm sure they, will never forget the opportunity you provided them.  I was blown away!
Thanks, Bob Doezema
Director Berklee City Saturday Program
January 2012

My daughter and I truly enjoyed ourselves. The concert was lively and entertaining. These musicians are Masters of their craft. Members of the audience-young and old-were moved by the energy of the performance.

Beth Doherty, proprietor
Corner Cafe & Bakery, Topsfield, MA.

June 2011


BSQ Review

Good morning Peter,
I just wanted to thank you again for allowing students the opportunity to compose for the First Night Composition Competition.  My students always have a great experience working on their compositions.  The icing on the cake is hearing the original composition performed at First Night.  The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a pleasure to listen to regardless of what you're playing, but to hear original compositions of our Boston students is very rewarding.  I look forward to receiving the details for the next composition competition.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help out.
Ryan Snyder
Boston Latin School, music director