Selmer Sax, born circa 1929, was handed down to the Singer family in 2007 by Pop Perkins, who received him second-hand when he was 13 during the Jazz Era .
Mr. Sax, a tenor, had a short career in a New Jersey elementary school band and later, a middle school band, where he accompanied seventh graders in “Hanukkah Begins Tonight” and “Swingin’ Jolly Old St. Nick” during the Winter Band Concert 2010 last month.
Mr. Sax suffered from chronic loose pads and a delayed response described by his current owner as: “It takes 30 seconds before it hits a note. I hate it.” When asked about Mr. Sax’s prognosis, the elementary school band leader suggested, “Make a lamp out of it.”
Mr. Sax is survived by Selmer Sax, Jr., a rental from the Music Den. The viewing will continue in the Singers’ family room until somebody puts the damn thing in the attic.