How Tampa’s Kyle Schroder found his calling in the saxophone

The 20-year-old jazzer is the smoothest player in Creative Loafing Tampa’s Music Issue.

click to enlarge Kyle Schroeder. - Courtesy Photo
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Kyle Schroeder.

A few instruments had to be worked out of his system along the way, but Kyle Schroeder eventually landed on the saxophone. A big fan of '80s rock, Schroeder taught himself guitar in elementary school and played oboe at Seven Springs Middle School in Trinity. A family friend ended up giving him a beat-up old hand-me-down saxophone, and the writing was on the wall by the time he caught a 2014 set by Blake alum Eric Darius. 

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“I told my mom something along the lines of, ‘I need to get a good, working saxophone, because this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,’” Schroeder, 20, told CL. Hours of practice turned into gigs playing the national anthem at Tampa Bay Rays games, and now Schroeder is double-majoring in jazz sax and music business at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

“It will take me a lifetime to decipher all the great musical knowledge,” Schroeder said. A new CD is in the works, but Schroeder does play the occasional hometown gig when he’s in town from school.

Next show: Matt Winter Band. Sat., July 21. 7 p.m. Free. Living Room on Main, 487 Main St., Dunedin.