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AUSTIN, TX -- January 19, 2012 -- MACSAX® announces Bob Sheppard as an endorser of the new hard rubber jazz tenor mouthpiece – Bob Sheppard Signature Edition. Made from pure hard rubber, this piece is handcrafted to fit Sheppard’s specifications and features a large round chamber with virtually no  baffle for a warm lyrical sound that responds evenly across the full range of the horn. The facing was developed during many sessions and trials with Bob to find something responsive yet balanced. When combined with the chamber and baffle configuration this gives players a wide dynamic range and a sound  that stays dark and rich from low Bb all the way through the altissimo.

Bob Sheppard

Bob Sheppard worked with Eric Falcon, director of mouthpiece design at MACSAX® to create the ultimate sound – warm, yet bold and colorful. “This new Sheppard model by MACSAX improves on the tradition of vintage Otto Link “Slant Signature” pieces by providing more flexibility and dynamic range. I can push this mouthpiece to the limits or whisper in a ballad. We not only achieved my expectations, we developed a mouthpiece that will enhance the sound for any player” said Bob Sheppard. The Bob Sheppard Signature edition mouthpiece will be available for test playing at the National Association of Manufacturers trade show in Anaheim, Calif., hall D - booth 2511.

About Bob Sheppard:
Over the course of an extraordinarily diverse career that has made him a first call musician in the realms of jazz, pop and the studio worlds, multi-woodwind specialist Bob Sheppard has always let his array of saxophones, flutes and clarinets do the talking.

Sheppard has been a steadfast member of the Billy Childs Ensembles and the Peter Erskine trio for over a decade. Additionally over the years, he has toured with Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs, and brought his diverse talents to more recent performances with James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Queen Latifah and most notably with the legendary Joni Mitchell on her current four-disc set and her 2007 Grammywinning, Shine. He also played on a live studio video with Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.

Other distinguished collaborations include eight years with Freddie Hubbard, and tours and performances with Chick Corea´s ensemble Origin, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Nat Adderly, and Toshiko Akiyoshi/Tabackin Big Band. Some of his more significant recording credits include Scott Henderson, John Beasley, Mark Isham, Otmaro Ruiz, Bill Cunliffe, vocalist Kurt Elling, Marilyn Scott, Michael Franks and Diane Reeves, while including pop icons Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Rod Stewart, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder. As part of America´s newest past time you can occasionally catch Sheppard soloing on the hit TV show American Idol. Bob Sheppard has honed his intuitive personal style through collaborations with this remarkable range of artists as well as playing on over a hundred movie and television soundtracks. Having earned his Master´s from the Eastman School of Music,

Sheppard draws upon his diverse musical background delivering musical intellect, commanding technique with a warm inviting sound to every performance. As a passionate music educator, Sheppard is a part-time faculty member at the USC Thorton School of Music, and frequently a guest clinician at colleges around the country.

About MACSAX ®:
MACSAX® provides the best of the 1950s and 60s era designs to deliver a lineup of top quality saxophones, mouthpieces and accessories for professionals to student players. Located in Austin, Texas, the team of players, technicians and fabricators add modern improvements in materials and processes to  create an optimum MACSAX® playing experience.


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