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Laura Armstrong

Never Have a Bad Reed Again: How to Make and Adjust Your Own Saxophone Reeds

In this lecture, I will demonstrate how to make saxophone reeds from tube cane. Each step will be covered in detail from selecting tube cane to finishing a reed with a profiling machine. I will also provide a handout with a list of materials and recommended tools.


Laura Armstrong is a faculty member of Frederick Community College where she teaches clarinet and saxophone. She has performed in recitals in the mid-Atlantic region and is a founding member of the Fortunata Trio. As a freelance orchestral performer, Armstrong has played with a variety of orchestras including the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Shippensburg Festival Symphony. She is an advocate of contemporary music and performs with new music groups based in the Baltimore/Washington region. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland in 2010. Her principal clarinet teachers have been Paul Cigan, Ron Samuels and Valerie Martin. She has also studied saxophone with Ron Bixler and Gail Levinsky. In 2015, Laura started her own reed making business, Aurora Winds.