Joseph Allard

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This article is about the American saxophonist and clarinetist who taught at the Juilliard School. For the French Canadian fiddler, see Joseph Allard (fiddler).
Joseph Paul Allard
Born (1910-12-31)December 31, 1910
Origin Lowell, Massachusetts
Died May 3, 1991(1991-05-03) (aged 80)
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet

Joseph Allard (December 31, 1910 – May 3, 1991), a native of Lowell, MA, was a professor of saxophone and clarinet at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, as well as adjunct positions at many other schools. He succeeded saxophonist/clarinetist Vincent J. Abato at Juilliard and was the saxophone instructor there from the 1956-57 school year until the end of the 1983–84 year. He was the first saxophonist with the NBC staff orchestra in New York City. He played the "Firestone Hour" and "Bell Telephone Hour" on TV and radio, as well as bass clarinet in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini from 1949-54. He played with Red Nichols and the Five Pennies, and for a brief period played with Red Norvo's orchestra.

Among his famous students are Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, Dave Tofani, Dave Liebman, Paul Winter, Jordan Penkower, Victor Morosco, Eric Dolphy, Harvey Pittel, Col Loughnan, Paul Cohen and Kenneth Radnofsky. Allard was the coach for the saxophone section in Glenn Miller's Orchestra as well as Benny Goodman's Orchestra.

Allard studied clarinet under Gaston Hamelin of the Boston Symphony and saxophone under Lyle Bowen.


  • The Joe Allard Project
  • Debra McKim, "Joseph Allard: His Contributions to Saxophone Pedagogy and Performance," (DMA diss., University of Northern Colorado, 2000)
  • James Dawson, "In Memoriam, Joseph Allard (1910–1991)," Saxophone Symposium 16, No. 4 (Fall 1991): 14–19.
  • David Demsey, “The Saxophone at Juilliard,” Saxophone Journal 24, No. 6 (July 2000): 59–61.
  • David Liebman, "Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound," (Medfield, MA: Dorn Publications, 1989).
  • Paul Piersall, "Joe Allard," Saxophone Journal 13, No. 1 (Spring 1988): 12–22.