National Saxophone Day | November 6
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)



National Saxophone Day commemorates the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, on November 6th. The saxophone is one of the main instruments in jazz music.


Born on November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax invented many musical instruments including the saxophone. Sax constructed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840s. On June 28, 1846, he received a 15-year patent for the instrument. The patent encompassed 14 different versions of the fundamental design, split into two categories of seven instruments each and ranging from sopranino to contrabass.

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After Sax’s patent expired in 1866, several saxophonists and instrument manufacturers implemented their own improvements to the original design and key work.

Over the years, many great saxophone masters have graced the world with their music.

  • Stan Getz
  • Sidney Bechet
  • Mindi Abair
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Yolanda Brown
  • Lester Young
  • Eric Dolphy
  • Coleman Hawkins “Hawk”
  • John Coltrane
  • Elisa Hall
  • Charlie Parker “Bird”
  • Kenny G.
  • Steve Cole
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Julian Adderley “Cannonball”
  • Candy Dulfer
  • Grover Washington Jr.
  • Wesley Magoogan
  • Dick Parry
  • Herbie Flowers
  • Claire Daily
  • Ronnie Ross


Listen to some saxophone music. Go to a Jazz concert. Even play the saxophone if you have one. Read about your favorite jazz musician. Teach someone to play the saxophone. Donate to your school’s music program. Use #SaxophoneDay to post on social media.


November 6th commemorates the birth of Adolphe Sax. However, National Day Calendar® continues researching the founder of this musical day.

Saxophone FAQ

Q. Why are saxophones considered woodwind instruments?
A. A saxophone uses a reed to produce sound making it a woodwind instrument.

Q. What is the smallest saxophone?
A. The smallest instrument in the saxophone family is the sopranissimo saxophone.

Q. What is the largest saxophone?
A. The largest instrument in the saxophone family is the baritone saxophone.


November 6th Celebrated History


The Illinois inventor, William C. Hooker, receives patent No. 528,671 for the spring-loaded mousetrap. Boardgames have never been the same.


U.S. Army colonel Jacob Schick was granted patent No. 1,690,133 for an electric razor. While others had invented electric razors before, Schick was the first to achieve commercial success.


The news program, Meet the Press, debuts on NBC TV. Still airing today, it is the longest-running television program on network television.


Two years after the black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report the discovery of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming. A conservation effort is immediately set in motion.


The film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premieres in London. In the fourth installment of the books by J.K. Rowling, the students of Hogwarts are challenged to a wizarding competition.


New York elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the House of Representatives. At 29 years old, she’s the youngest person to ever serve in the House.

November 6th Celebrated Birthdays

Antoine-Joseph Sax – 1814

In the 1840s, Sax received a patent for his invention of the woodwind instrument, the saxophone.

Charles Henry Dow – 1851

Along with Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser, Dow founded Dow Jones & Company in 1882. He would also establish the Wall Street Journal.

John Philip Sousa – 1932

Known as the March King, the U.S. Marine Band leader composed 136 marches and recorded more than 400.

James Naismith – 1861

In 1891, the physical education teacher developed a game for his students using two peach baskets and a soccer ball. Today, basketball is played around the world.

Yoshisuke Aikawa – 1880

In 1933, the business leader founded Nissan, paving the way for the Japanese auto industry.

Ida Barney – 1886

The professor of mathematics and Yale University Observatory astronomer recorded the measurements of 150,000 stars during her career.

Opal Kunz – 1894

As an aviation pioneer, Kunz became the first woman to compete against men. She also organized the Betsy Ross Air Corps, providing humanitarian service during World War II.

Wilma Briggs – 1930

Over her seven-year career in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, the outfield earned a reputation for bringing in the runs. Not only was she fast, but her career batting average was .256 with 301 RBIs.

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