Sue is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist and as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary saxophonists she has given UK and Scottish premieres of many new works for saxophone as well as commissioning new music.
Sue was an Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress and is also one half of the McKenzie Sawers Duo whose debut album, “The Coral Sea” was released on Delphian Records.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Sue also studied in the US, Japan and Portugal (with Lynn Klock / Eugene Rousseau / David Murray - World Saxophone Quartet) and is a past winner of the British Clarinet and Saxophone Society Young Performers Competition and a Royal Overseas League Woodwind Finalist. Sue performed on Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now!” scheme and has regularly been an invited solo recitalist at the British and World Saxophone Congress as well as performances with Celebr8 (Scottish Ballet) and the BBC SSO.
She led and wrote for her first international band, Dark Grooves, at the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and performs regularly with Salsa Celtica and the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra.
The Scottish Saxophone Academy is committed to hosting and promoting saxophone education and performance events. SSA events include residential weekends, week long courses, saxophone days, school events, masterclasses, and concerts.
Keen to build upon the success of the 16th World Saxophone Congress that took place in St Andrews, 2012, founders Sue McKenzie and Mike Brogan created the SSA to cater for the growing number of young musicians and keen amateurs seeking further learning and performance opportunities within Scotland. Our courses and events are suitable for all ages and playing abilities, from beginners through to advanced students. As well as providing opportunities to rehearse and perform in large and small ensemble settings, study repertoire in a range of styles, and develop your reading and improvisation skills, we can provide expert one-to-one tuition and technical advice on all aspects of your saxophone playing.
We are proud to host the International Masterclass Series, a new initiative which provides Scottish saxophonists with the opportunity to learn from guest tutors from around the world. Whether you wish to perform in a masterclass, or simply watch as an audience member, you can receive expert advice and see some of the world's top saxophonists in action. Past IMS guests include Dr Jennifer Bill (USA), Jose A. Zayas Caban (USA), Philipper Geiss (France), and Lynn Klock (USA).
Mike is one of Scotland’s foremost saxophonists, and was Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress. He was also an invited performer at WSCs in Thailand, Slovenia, and France.
Upon graduation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Mike was appointed Chairman and Principal Baritone of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, whom he lead in their tours to China, Holland, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. Other collaborations have seen Mike produce Soprillogy (the world’s first soprillo saxophone album), perform with the London Saxophonic at the Sicilian EtnaFest, tour to India with Transgressive North, and feature on recordings and live performances with Emma Pollock (The Delgados). Mike is a member of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra.
Mike is a co-Director of Transgressive North, a Scottish arts collective which has collaborated with artists including Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Rustie, Irvine Welsh, Owen Pallett, Sheila Stewart, Alexander McCall Smith, and Norman Maclean. As well as their multi award-winning films Blackbird and When the Song Dies, Transgressive North is proud to have produced the critically acclaimed outreach-multimedia project, Everything Is New.
Mike is a Henri SELMER Paris Performing Artist, and a D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.