Wilton has performed with a wide range of popular artists and groups including…
…the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, Grant Green Jr., René Marie, Bio Ritmo, Derek Trucks Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, Will Hoge, Linda Ronstadt, Ike Stubblefield, 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 manages Charleston’s Premier Party Band℠ – Super Deluxe. This all-star group regularly entertains at high-end private parties and has appeared at exclusive events such as the Family Circle Cup Tournament, Cooper River Bridge Run, Rockin’ on the Point Concert Series, James Island Yacht Club Beach Bash, Charleston County Parks Concert Series, and Madra Rua’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party.
Wilton is also a founding member of the Rasa Saxophone Quartet, who 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 recently completed the premiere recording of All These Are Scenes of Life…by Allen Anderson which will be out on Albany Records later this year.
Elder holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from UNC-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 various conferences including those hosted by the College Musical Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, and the World Saxophone Congress.
Wilton is an adjunct instructor at Trident Technical College where he has been teaching MUS105 Music Appreciation since 2010. He leads his classes in an understanding of basic music elements, instruments, historical periods, genres, common musical forms, and music theory fundamentals. He also facilitates the students’ skill development in critical thinking, communication, and active listening.
Elder currently resides, composes, teaches, records, and performs in Charleston, SC. In addition to leading his own group and performing as a solo artist, he has worked with such local favorites as Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Joe Clarke Big Band, Plane Jane, Quiana Parler, Travis Allison Band, Two Three Ways, The Secrets, Permanent Vacation, Soul Function, Gino Castillo, Ann Caldwell, Lee Barbour, Frank Duvall, Graham Whorley, Crowfield, Wadata, Thank God It’s Funky, Weigh Station, Unkle Funkle, Battery Brass Band, The Footlight Players, DJ Mateo, New Music Collective, and The Opposite of a Train.
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