Noah Peterson

Noah Peterson

Musicians | Instrument: Saxophone | Location: San Antonio

"Noah is a dynamo!"
—Jazz Society of Oregon

Updated: January 13, 2020

Born: October 2, 1971

Noah Peterson is a delightful and emotional saxophonist. His recordings have been broadcast across the globe and he tours throughout the United States at nightclubs, festivals, schools, community events, private concerts, hospitals, and more. Noah has a stellar reputation as a hard-working, hard-playing musician. He’s been a section leader, sideman, band leader, composer, arranger, producer and business manager for Blues, Funk, Rock, Folk, Gospel, Avant-garde, West African Marimba/mbira, Reggae, Pop, Jazz, zydeco, easy listening, and jam bands.

Noah grew up in Billings, MT as the youngest of four and son of a band director. All of the family played musical instruments although there was never much of an emphasis put on music as anything other than a hobby. Noah's dad had a reputation for having "A bible in one-hand and a shotgun in the other." All of the kids grew up strong. A lot of that was probably due to the rough and tumble attitude of Noah and his brothers and their ability to take their lumps when it came their time. Suffice to say country roots are the best roots.

Noah played in the school band and sung choir in elementary and middle school. Noah started playing in the school jazz band in middle school. He didn't compete in competitions much nor did he audition for regional band programs although his siblings did. One brother and his sister frequently did well at competitions and performed in All-state and regional bands. In high school, scheduling didn't allow for students to take both band and choir. As a result, Noah and several of his classmates skipped lunch and left band early to sing in the choir. Noah played in concert band, jazz band, marching band (at least until he made the varsity football team - captain his senior year!) and pep band whose rowdy reputation was notorious throughout the state and acknowledged by rival school basketball coaches as an emotional force to be reckoned with. Suffice to say, music, fun, and adventure were synonyms for Noah.

Noah enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1991 and was accepted into the Marine Music Program. He attended boot camp in San Diego and graduated the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. Noah fit well into the Marines. He was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms, CA. Serving in a Marine Field Band was quite the experience. Performing over 400 shows and logging 60,000 travel miles a year, the Band performed from Yuma, AZ to Portland, OR to Barber's Point, HI. Parades, festivals, fairs, concerts, schools, military ceremonies and everything in between Noah played Alto, Tenor, Bari, Soprano saxophone, and clarinet. Noah was in every band there was: show band, jazz combo, concert band, cut-down band, tenor band...if there was a gig, he was on it. The experiences and lessons learned would serve him well in the future. The stories are endless, ask him about it sometime and you'll tire of the tales long before he runs out of stories from those loved, strange, and frustrating years. But as he says, "The Marine Corps was a great place to get prepared for being a professional musician."

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