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Randy Sherwood Playing "No Ordinary Love"
Hi and welcome to my web site! I'll start by saying that "No Ordinary Love" is an appropriate song for me to be playing, because I do absolutely love the sax - and it is indeed no "ordinary instrument". I became addicted to the sound of the sax growing up in Western Maryland and have never lost my affection for it. I have been a musician for more than 40 years. I entered college as a physics major, but the music faculty members were much more fun to be around, so I migrated to the music department, majoring on alto saxophone. While in school, my sax instructor talked me into entering a country-wide saxophone competition being held at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. At first, I was reluctant to enter because the required piece - "SaxORhapsody" - was a very fast one. His intuition proved better than my own - I won in my category and brought the first-ever collegiate level "sax trophy" back to our university! After graduation, I taught music for a year in the Maryland school system before auditioning and being accepted into the U.S. Air Force Band. For several years after that, I traveled extensively with military bands throughout the United States performing big band jazz, concert, and small combo music at thousands of concerts, county fairs, school auditoriums, and jazz festivals. In the late '70's, I opted out of military music (didn't like the parades!) to pursue another interest - electronics and computers. The Air Force assisted me by sending me to an extensive computer programming course. After completing 26 weeks of training, I spent the next two years writing assembly code for several Air Force information systems. With that experience under my belt, I applied for and was selected to attend officer training school, subsequently entering the officer corps. While an Air Force lieutenant, I competed in the Air Force’s WorldWide Talent Contest three years in a row, each year advancing from local base level to the WorldWide finals. In my final year of competing, I was very honored to receive the most coveted “Show of Shows" award as well as a Judge’s Special Recognition Award for receiving the highest score among 225 competing acts. In each of the years I competed, I was also honored to receive offers to tour with the Air Force's premier entertainment showcase groups, “Tops in Blue” and “Rhythm Express”. I completed my military career in '96, retiring at the rank of Major after 21 years with the Air Force. I have since been working as a senior test engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, playing sax and keyboard in my spare time. My formal education includes an undergraduate music degree, extensive computer programming training, and a Master's Degree in systems management.
Throughout my musical career, I have had the honor of performing for hundreds of thousands of people, including special concerts for Presidents Ford and Reagan. While assigned to Germany, I enjoyed performing in the German community with a jazz trio, frequently performing in pubs, parties and European festivals. While stationed in Oklahoma City for 4 years, I worked as an "on call" recording musician in a local studio, supporting productions of several country and gospel albums. I now live in Niceville, Florida where I perform with several local groups and as a solo musician. I have enjoyed performing at nearly all of the coast's finest music event venues, including 331 Café, the Solaris Yacht, Rutherford’s, Seagar’s, Ocean Club, Baytowne Wharf, Harborwalk Village, Destin Commons, Finz Café, Café Gratzi, Santa Rosa Beach Club, Guglielmo's, dozens of Pensacola Jazz Society events and festivals, and a 6-month stint (Sundays & Mondays) at Picalo’s Red Bar in Grayton Beach. I have most recently enjoyed performing my solo act at Ruth's Chris in Destin as well as Bogey's Restaurant in Defuniak Springs, FL. While in the Destin area, I have also had the opportunity to support big-name entertainers, playing with opening acts for Chicago, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, and other famous entertainers who visited the SanDestin Hilton Resort.
I studied piano as a child and I also pursued additional piano training while in college, so I recently began playing a keyboard. I play a Yamaha arranger, which allows me to add drums, bass, and other effects to my songs. The advances in keyboard technology and my background in music have allowed me to become a virtual "one man band". Whether playing my saxes or the keyboard, alone or within a group, I strive to be a sensitive and articulate musician. My number one goal as a performer has always been to tailor my musical selections to fit the mood and needs of my audiences. I always strive to infuse my sound with energy and emotion, which are two of the essential elements of great music. I hope you'll listen to more samples of my sax and keyboard playing by clicking on the "Listen Here!" button!
If you appreciate smooth or traditional jazz and cocktail music, I would welcome the opportunity to perform at your function. Whether you want a jazz soloist, a duo, trio, or quartet, I would be most happy to assist you with the finest jazz music available in the Destin area.
Photos of Saxman Performances
Relaxing Between Sets at Apple Annie's Pensacola
Playing Wedding Music At SanDestin Hilton
Waiting to play the Recessional
Something Sweet on the Soprano
BluzDestin Gig w/Ronnie Levine, Bill Garrett & Cheryl Jones
Serenading at a Beach Wedding Ceremony
Working With The Dents Band at Destin Commons
Randy and Super Guitar Man Fritz at Destin Commons
Playing Soprano at Summerplace Inn Destin
Playing Pretty Music for Post-Ceremony Photos
Mixing With The Great Crowd at Baytowne Wine Festival
Making Beach Wedding Music on a Beautiful Destin Day
Jazz Cruise on Board the Solaris Yacht
After a Wedding - Beautiful Sunset Memories
After a Wedding - No Other Sunsets Match Destin!