Matt Vashlishan is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He holds a DMA in Saxophone Performance from the University of Miami, a MM in Saxophone Performance from William Paterson University, and a BM of Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. Matt is currently the Director of the University Jazz Ensemble at East Stroudsburg University, ESU's Jazz Program Coordinator of the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection, editor of The Note, and the Director of the Lafayette College Jazz Ensemble.
Matt is an active sideman, most notably with David Liebman's Expansions Quintet. He directs the Water Gap Jazz Orchestra (previously the Phil Woods COTA Festival Orchestra) in Delaware Water Gap, PA, which is a professional large jazz ensemble comprised of local and international professionals, and he performs with many other groups and projects in the Tri-State area.
Matt is a skilled instrumentalist with professional ability to perform on alto and soprano saxes, piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and the Akai EWI (electric wind instrument). He composes original music for small and large jazz ensembles, as well as writing arrangements for these groups.
Matt uses a Selmer alto sax (17xxx, 47xxx, 78xxx, 158xxx), Yanagisawa soprano sax, Drake mouthpieces, D’Addario Hemke reeds and insteument cables, and BG France ligatures.
Conceived in June 2012 originally under the name SaxPlugs.com, Sax Gadgets was created by saxophonist Matt Vashlishan. Interested in many different activities besides music, Matt quickly found an interest in woodworking and immediately began experimenting with creating different types of saxophone plugs. He can best be described as an "equipment person" who is always interested in a new horn, mouthpiece, ligature, or any type of accessory. The original Selmer blackwood plugs are an inspiration for him, but Matt feels the color and new shapes of his exotic wooden end plugs add beauty and contrast to the metal saxophone body.
Since it's inception in 2012, the SaxPlugs concept and designs have been copied by dozens of repair shops and retailers around the world. They say imitation is the best form of flattery, an
In addition to end plugs, Sax Gadgets was started in 2018 to officially begin producing new and interesting products to enhance the saxophone playing experience.
Sax Plugs are obviously reminiscent of the old Selmer plugs that accompanied all the vintage horns. This concept remained un-tapped on a large scale until Matt began experimenting with exotic woods and various designs.
To ensure a proper fit, Sax Plugs are made with Selmer and Yamaha in mind. However, the cork can be sanded to accommodate nearly every model saxophone. Apply a small amount of cork grease to the cork and rub it in. After this application, the cork will form to the size of the horn and last a very long time. If needed, any repair man can sand the cork further. If you are interested in a particular size, please email using the contact page the exact inner diameter of the tenon receiver in 1/1000 inch.
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