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E-Flat Alto Saxophone Principal part of body

E-Flat Alto Saxophone Principal part of body

Manufacturer / Maker: Buescher

Used by: Bernie May (1911 - 2000)

Department: History
Date: 1926
Medium: gold plated brass
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (77.5 x 21.6 x 12.1 cm)
Classification: Musical Instruments
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Bernie May
Object number: PC1994.70.1.A
DescriptionE-Flat Alto Saxophone Principal part of body, gold plate, owned by Big Band musician Bernie May. Manufactured by Buescher.

Born Byrnes Otto May on Oct. 17, 1911, Bernie May graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1928. May's band, the Collegians, played Big Band at the University of New Mexico. On weekends he played the KiMo and Sunshine Theaters accompanied by singers such as Vivian Vance (of I Love Lucy fame) and Ethel Merman.

He got his love of music and the music business from playing saxophone and watching his parents repair instruments in the shop they opened in 1913. May paid his way through the University of New Mexico by playing saxophone in his own big band.

May eventually sold his rare golden horn to devote himself fully to his music business. Thirty-one years later, the horn appeared in another Albuquerque music store and May rushed to buy it.
On view
Label Text:Bernie May's "Golden Horn", 1926
Gold plate
Gift of Bernie May
PC1994.70.1.a-h

Born Byrnes Otto May on Oct. 17, 1911, Bernie May graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1928. May's band, the Collegians, played Big Band at the University of New Mexico. On weekends he played the KiMo and Sunshine Theaters accompanied by singers such as Vivian Vance (of I Love Lucy fame) and Ethel Merman.

He got his love of music and the music business from playing saxophone and watching his parents repair instruments in the shop they opened in 1913. May paid his way through the University of New Mexico by playing saxophone in his own big band.

May eventually sold his rare golden horn to devote himself fully to his music business. Thirty-one years later, the horn appeared in another Albuquerque music store and May rushed to buy it.

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