Wilton has performed with a wide range of popular music artists including…
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Derek Trucks, Soulive, Grant Green Jr., René Marie, Col. Bruce Hampton, Bio Ritmo, Will Hoge, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Stoltz, Ike Stubblefield, Brian Jordan, Michael Flynn, Toussaint, Mark Mathis, French Camp, Peter Prince, The Greyhounds, Brian Jones, and the North Carolina Wind Orchestra.
Elder plays saxophone, keyboards, percussion, sings in, and leads Charleston’s Premier Party Band℠ – Super Deluxe. He designs custom live entertainment for destination wedding receptions and private corporate events throughout the south east. Super Deluxe has appeared at exclusive events such as the Family Circle Cup Tournament, Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston International Film Festival, Party at the Point Concert Series, James Island Yacht Club Beach Bash, Charleston County Parks Concert Series, Madra Rua’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, Jazz Artists of Charleston Jazz Series, and the Top Gun 80′s Party on U.S.S. Yorktown.
Wilton also produces specialty shows like A Taste of DC and tribute concerts to such musical heavyweights as J Dilla, Herbie Hancock, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Radiohead.
In addition to leading his own group and producing specialty shows, he has worked with local & regional favorites such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Joe Clarke Big Band, Andrew Thielen Big Band, Plane Jane, Quiana Parler & Friends, Travis Allison Band, Two Three Ways, Emerald Empire Band, The Secrets, Permanent Vacation, Soul Function, Ntranze, Loose Chain, The Company Band, Permanent Tourists, Dangermuffin, Wadata, Graham Whorley, Weigh Station, Crowfield, Gino Castillo, Ann Caldwell, Lee Barbour, Bobby Alvarez, Frank Duvall, Thank God It’s Funky, Souled Out, Morgan’s Road, The Sneakers, Unkle Funkle, Dedicated Magic, Battery Brass Band, Funk You Folly, Bradford Station, The Footlight Players, St. Charles Karnival Krewe, DJ Mateo, New Music Collective, and The Opposite of a Train.
Elder is also a founding member of the Rasa Saxophone Quartet, which took the top prize at the 2003 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition in Salt Lake City, UT. The group has performed at Michigan State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Wisconsin at Platteville, University of North Texas, University of Minnesota, Millikin University, Brevard Music Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. Rasa completed the premiere recording of All These Are Scenes of Life… by Allen Anderson in 2004 and is out now on Albany Records.
Wilton holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Music (M.M.) from Michigan State University. He studied primarily under Joseph Lulloff and Brian Doyle and received additional instruction in master classes and lessons from Jean-Marie Londeix, Frederick Fennell, Clifford Leaman, Marianne Ploger and James Forger. As a concert saxophonist, Elder has appeared at new music conferences hosted by the College Musical Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, and the World Saxophone Congress.