Saxquest is a woodwind pro-shop specializing in both vintage and new professional model saxophones and clarinets. We’re a family run business with over 25 years of experience dealing in instruments. Our storefront is located in the charming, increasingly hipster Cherokee-Lemp historic district of St. Louis, Missouri. Saxquest feels right at home on a street teaming with antique shops, great dive-y ethnic restaurants, and a local brew pub.
The shop is owned by Mark and Elke Overton and employs nine. Everyone at Saxquest is a professional musician and we all understand the joys and frustrations involved in trying to find the perfect instrument. We know first-hand what you expect (and don’t expect or want) from a music instrument dealer. It is our goal to provide both the professional musician and the advanced student with the best possible value and the most personalized professional service available anywhere. Our combined expertise allows us to make the claim that finding the perfect saxophone or clarinet has never been easier.
The Saxquest full-service repair shop has garnered national attention and can perform complete mechanical restorations and caters specifically to musicians who demand top-professional level work. In addition to local repairs, Saxquest commissions repair work from many of the most discriminating professional players all over the country. Attention is always given toward maintaining the historical integrity of vintage instruments and every customer’s horn is given equal care and attention.
Located on the 2nd floor of the shop, the Saxquest Saxophone Museum showcases a huge collection of many of the finest, rarest and most historically significant saxophones in the world as well as a collection of vintage saxophone accessories and other historical saxophone memorabilia. The museum serves as an invaluable learning resource for both our sales and repair staff .The museum is free and open to the public and is a real treasure for the music lover or the eclectic museum goer.
If you’re ever in St. Louis, give us a buzz and stop by for a visit. There are several local jazz clubs within minutes, including Jazz at the Bistro and Powell Symphony Hall and the Sheldon Concert Hall are less than two miles away. We support St. Louis as a thriving cultural center and would be thrilled to share it with you.
Mark Overton started Saxquest in 2000 with a vision of creating a mecca for saxophone players to find great equipment, share knowledge/learn about their instrument and engage in safe honest transactions with a knowledgeable sales staff in both a brick & mortar retail store and over the Internet. This vision has led to the creation of two ventures, a retail store front-repair shop at www.saxquest.com and a social media website for saxophone players at www.saxophone.org. Mark has been active in the St. Louis jazz scene since 1993 and founded Code Blue, a Jazz Messengers style sextet and the Saxquest 9-piece Jazz Orchestra. Mark has also performed with such jazz groups as Allegro Jazz Ensemble, Original Knights of Swing, Route 66, Heavy Eddie and the Fat Tones, the Meremec and St. Charles County Community College Jazz Ensembles, and the Brian Clark Band. Other saxophone performances have included appearances with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Youth Symphony, Washington University Wind Ensemble, St. Louis Wind Symphony, University City Orchestra and the Metropolitan Saxophone Quartet. Mark recorded "Come Fly with Me" which received a Down Beat five star award with the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Ensemble. He also recorded with Code Blue on "Jazz for What Ails You, the Soulard Sessions". Mark has served as jazz clinician and guest artist for many local and out of state high schools and colleges. Mark received undergraduate degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 and completed his PhD in Molecular Cell Biology at Washington University in St. Louis in 2000 where he was also director for five years of the Washington University affiliated big band The Hot Docs. Mark has also worked as an official music instrument appraiser for Antique Roadshow/Trash for Treasure events.
Elke is a classically trained saxophone player and currently serves as vice president of Saxquest. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 where she studied saxophone performance with Tom Barry. She completed her Master's in Instrumental Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1997 where she studied under the direction of Rodney Winther. Prior to Saxquest, Elke was a high school band director and professor of music at St. Charles County Community College (SCCCC) where she taught the saxophone and clarinet studios. She was also the conductor of the SCCCC Orchestra and director of the SCCCC Jazz Ensemble. Elke champions music education and teaches Music Appreciation, Music History, and Instrumental Conducting. She also serves as adjudicator/clinician for local high school and college events and is an active member of several local, national and international music educator's groups. She has performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Saxophone Ensemble, and the St. Louis Wind Symphony. Elke has also performed with a variety of local jazz groups including the Meramec College Jazz Lab Band, Sessions Big Band, Original Knights of Swing, Original Nonet Jazz Orchestra, and Heavy Eddie and the Fat Tones. Elke recorded "Come Fly with Me" which received a Down Beat five star award with the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Ensemble.
Jon Huff joined Saxquest in 2004. We paint the term “Store Manager” with a broad brush at Saxquest as Jon pretty much does everything to keep things moving smoothly in the shop. Managing the inventory, organizing the consignments, processing and managing daily sales and shipments, and always being quick to answer the phone and/or reply to emails are only a few of the many tasks Jon tackles every day. Jon graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Missouri St Louis in 2003 where he studied classical saxophone with Elke Overton, a degree he wasn't sure how to use until Mark asked him aboard shortly thereafter. Jon is mostly an alto player and he's the only saxophonist in the shop with strictly a classical background. Jon gets a rush from helping people find their dream instrument and is extremely good at listening to the customer’s needs and being able to match them up with the instrument best suited for their unique and individual playing personality.
Zac Minor has been with Saxquest since 2008 and before that was a loyal Saxquest fan, buying his trusty Selmer Mark VII tenor from us in 2006. Having been a previous Saxquest customer, Zac understands the customer’s view and is the ideal rep to help you through your quest for the perfect saxophone. Zac also serves as product tester and does a wonderful job of diagnosing customer’s needs and coming up with optimal solutions. Zac graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a Bachelor degree in music, Jazz Technology (music performance, composition, audio) in 2011 and has studied with Paul DeMarinis, Willie Akins, and Leo Sagiugt. As an active professional musician in the greater St. Louis area, Zac can often be heard with any number of different groups on a given weekend in St. Louis and can always be heard blowing tenor in Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band.
Nick Pyles recently finished his Bachelor's degrees in Music Performance and Music Theory at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, studying as a classically trained saxophonist, clarinetist, and oboist. He uses his multi-woodwind background to gig around the St. Louis area in musicals for different colleges, universities, and community organizations. Nick is a member of The National Flute Association, The International Clarinet Association, and The North American Saxophone Alliance, and actively attends events for each group. He is also one of the founding members of the St. Louis Saxophone Quartet, and is currently pursing his Master's degree at SIU-E. At Saxquest, Nick has a variety of roles from play-testing horns, to daily shipments, to helping customers choose their perfect instrument.
Austin Cebulske joined Saxquest in 2016, and can be seen in many of the play-test videos on our website and our youtube channel. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012, and recently his Master's degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant. A great musician in all styles from jazz to motown, soul to rock, Austin keeps an active schedule with a private studio and many gigs around the St. Louis area, and can be heard on tenor in the Funky Butt Brass Band. Austin has a great ear for nuance and helps walk-in customers to Saxquest looking for the perfect mouthpiece or saxophone for them.
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