Helen has been playing saxophone since she was 12 years old. Over the years she has worked in almost every type of musical setting ranging from orchestra to Big Band; from jazz to Latin; and everything in-between. Her main love however, is rock and blues. She has spent most of the past 20 years working in these types of bands both here on the West Coast and in the Maritimes.
None of her instruments are new. Helen prefers to play vintage saxophones—most dating back to the middle of the 20th century or older.
Helen’s love for vintage horns has led her to research and write about vintage saxophones, and as a result she has acquired an extensive collection of vintage horns: the oldest of which dates back to 1886.
Helen plays all voices of saxophones from soprano through bass. She also doubles on clarinet and bass clarinet.
Although this is her first production with Secondary Characters Musical Theatre, Helen is not new to pit orchestra work. Most recently, in February this year she played for Fraser Valley Stage’s production of Guys and Dolls.