At the time of the World Saxophone Congress in Evanston/Chicago on July 1st 1979, the hope of forming an International Saxophone Committee was expressed by Jacques Desloges.

At the initiative of Jean-Marie Londeix this wish has been successfully realized. A provisory committee has been formed in order to formulate the statutes of the International Saxophone Committee and to prepare for the election of members. The provisory committee members are: Jean-Marie Londeix (France); Jacque Desloges (France); Iwan Roth (Switzerland); Robert Black (U.S.A.); Trent Kynaston (U.S.A.); Keiji Munesada (Japan); and Wolfgang Graetschel (Germany).

This provisory committee will be dissolved after election of members of the International Saxophone Committee at the time of the 7th World Saxophone Congress in Nurenberg in July 1982.


Article 1

There shall exist among the adherents to the present statutes an International Saxophone Committee. Or CIS (Comite International du Saxophone).

Article 2

The CIS shall exist for the following purposes:

  • To promote the saxophone;
  • During the World Saxophone Congress, to confirm the Congress members’ choice of location and Host(s) responsible for organizing the next Congress;
  • To aid in carrying out plans for future World Congresses;
  • To assure the communication of ideas among countries interested in solving problems concerning the saxophone;
  • To resolve polemic situations with an absolute majority of members of the CIS.

Article 3

The headquarters of the CIS shall be in Paris, in the office of the Association of the Saxophonists of France (AsSaFra), 121 rue Lafayette, Paris Xe.

Article 4

The CIS shall not interfere with the individual affairs of national organizations, and shall only exercise a moral authority.

Article 5

The CIS shall consist of seven members:

  • 6 elected members
  • 1 representative from the organizing committee for the World Saxophone Congress

Article 6 Elections

The elections shall take place during each World Saxophone Congress.

Article 7

Only saxophonists considered active by the current committee shall be eligible for election. Candidate must be present at the time of voting.

Article 8

The members of the CIS shall be elected according to the parliamentary procedure of the country where the election takes place. Members may be reelected.

Article 9

The CIS shall reassemble after having elected its members. It will appoint behind closed doors and by secret ballot by a majority vote:

  • 1 President
  • 2 Vice-Presidents
  • 1 Secretary and, if necessary, and Associate Secretary.

Article 10

It is the newly elected CIS which shall decree future plans of the committee.

Article 11

Any request for a modification of the CIS shall be addressed in writing to the president of the CIS and shall be debated in a public General Assembly at the time of the election of the new committee.

Article 12

Status as a member of the CIS may be forfeited by resignation or death. In case of a vacancy, only the President may be replaced by one of the vice-presidents until the time of reelection at the next congress.

Article 13

It shall be the duty of the Secretary and/or Associate Secretary to convey matters of interest between the President and other members of the CIS.

Article 14 Resources

The members of the CIS shall decide if there is a need for pecuniary resources for the successful functioning of the committee. If this is the case, they will research the legal methods of obtaining such resources. These new dispositions shall be adopted by a majority vote in a General Assembly.

Article 15 Operating Procedure

Current resolutions submitted clearly in writing, will be handled by the President in the order in which they are received. Each member of the committee must consider every proposal and make a decision upon it.

In case of a stalemate, the president’s voice will preponderate.

Article 16

No physical assembly of the CIS shall be imposed during the term of office of the members.

The members of the CIS shall communicate among themselves as much and as often as necessary. The Secretary will centralize responses and results of consultations and diffuse them to the members.

Article 17

The CIS shall determine in accord with the host of the congress in progress, the theme, significance or direction to be given to the future congress, as well as the eventual performers, repertoire and any other matters relative to the organization of the congress.

Article 18

If the host of the congress makes a written request, it will be handled as stated in Article 15.

Article 19

The host of the congress shall correspond only with the President of the CIS, who shall then, as stated in Article 15, convey questions and other correspondence to the remaining members.

Article 20

Each new President shall receive from the former president all important documents concerning the functioning of the CIS.

Archival elements shall be entrusted to the Association of the Saxophonists of France (see Article 3).

Article 21

A detailed annual report of the activities of the CIS shall be prepared by the Secretary or his Associate Secretary, and this report shall be approved and signed by a majority of members of the CIS.

The original copy of this report shall be held in trust at AsSaFra (see Article 3).

Article 22

After having in writing advised the Congress host and the President of the CIS, a CIS member who is absolutely unable to attend an upcoming Congress may elect another individual to represent him. The representative will have the same powers as those accorded the absent matters.

Article 23

During the proceeding of the congress the meetings of the CIS shall be organized in collaboration with the congress host, who will establish and make known the daily agenda.

Article 24

It is to the CIS that requests relative to the site of the next congress shall be addressed. These proposals must be submitted on paper at least 24 hours before a previously announced General Assembly. The CIS shall during this Assembly present all such proposals, put them to a vote, and award the responsibility for hosting the next congress to the party with the majority of votes.

Article 25 (*)(**)

The non-saxophonist participants that attend the congress as a collaborative artist/composer will be offered a reduced rate.

Article 26

In case of dissolution, the assets and documents of the CIS shall be entrusted to the AsSaFra.

Prepared by:

Jean-Marie Londeix
Jacques Desloges
Iwan Roth
Robert Black
Trent Kynaston
Keiji Munesada
Wolfgang Graetschel

Bordeaux, October 1st, 1981
(*) Revised July 9
th, 2006
(**) Revised September 6th, 2017