Paige Rooney
(tenor saxophone soloist)

Paige grew up in Fullerton, California, just a few miles from Disneyland. She has been playing music for most of her life, starting with piano when she was 6. She joined band at her school in third grade, starting on alto saxophone and then quickly switching to tenor (the superior saxophone) the following year. Paige somehow balanced piano lessons, band, and multiple sports all the way through high school, where she became drum major of her band for three years, completed Certificate of Merit and National Guild for piano, won several piano solo competitions, and placed at several track meets for discus and shot put.

Paige attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received her BA in History with minors in Anthropology/Geography and Music. She was involved in almost every music group on campus, including marching band (tenor), wind ensemble (alto and tenor), wind symphony (bass clarinet), sax ensemble (tenor), and sax quartet (alto). She was also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary band fraternity. Her sax quartet (her three best friends) was invited by the Director of Bands to perform Saxtory by Jerome Naulais with the wind ensemble in 2018, which is one of her favorite college memories, along with playing Drastic Measures by Russel Peck in the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (video here if you're curious:

After Cal Poly, she attended grad school at Colorado State University and received her MA in Public History - Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation. She found a community band in Fort Collins and loved it, which inspired her to continue playing in a group when she eventually moved to Washington in 2022. You can also catch her playing with the Maple Valley Big Band and in the pit orchestra for ManeStage Theater. Paige currently works as the Exhibits Coordinator for the Washington State Fair, and she also serves on the City of Puyallup's Arts & Culture Commission and Design Review & Historic Preservation Board.

In her spare time (which she has never had much of), she loves to read, hike, sew, and hang out with her cat (Meeko) and partner of four years (Connor). Paige enjoys playing with the Gateway Concert Band, and she's excited to play Blue Moon!