The Inside:Outside Retreat for Saxophonists is a summer camp for adult saxophonists (age17-70+) hosted by Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Bob Reynolds, Bob Franceschini, and Bob Hemenger (The Bobs).

It's held over one week in July/August at Wooten Woods—multi Grammy-Award winning bassist Victor Wooten's music and nature facility in the Tennessee woods.

Past guest teaching artists included Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, Aaron Goldberg, Steve Wilson, Jeff Coffin, and Branford Marsalis.


“This retreat was easily one of the most influential and life-changing experiences of my life on both a musical and personal level.”
—Dustin K., attendee

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Connect your practicing, listening, and
improvising in a holistic way.


Once upon a time, three Bob's had an idea...

What if there was a place to get a bunch of saxophone players away from all our modern distractions and focus on making better music for a few days?

A place where you could share the music-making process in a holistic way, with enough time for students to make game-changing progress?

Enter the Inside:Outside retreat

This is not a camp about playing inside or outside the changes (though we'll certainly dive deep into both of those topics). 

Making music—especially the highly personal, improvised version—requires a lot of knowledge and skill...but it also demands vulnerability.

To make great music on the outside you have to know—and be comfortable with—who you are inside.

What to expect

Come join 3 Bobs and 50 fellow saxophonists for a week designed to inspire, inform and invert the way you process, practice and perform music.

Held at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in Only, Tennessee, this is an intimate group event. You will practice and perform daily, surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they've learned.

We'll start Tuesday night by setting the groundwork for the connections that will follow. You’ll also meet chef John.

full days

Wednesday through Saturday you’ll rotate through 4 workshops per day with the Bobs—and special guest instructors. 

The daily workshops will focus on:

  • optimizing your practicing

  • improvising

  • listening

  • learning tunes

  • composing

  • playing in different styles

  • professional & career aspects

  • and more

There will be Q&A sessions, exercises and practice time, and performances in small groups. Bring your questions, your musical frustrations, and most of all, your enthusiasm and desire to grow.

Who it's for

This retreat is for the player who has a real desire to improve.

We are looking for those who have at least a couple years on the horn (intermediate to advanced) and are 17 years of age or older. If you have doubts of your level send us some video or recordings to check out and we will get back to you quickly.

Our focus will be getting you in touch with your inner musical self. We want to help you maximize your practice time, deepen your listening skills, and find a path toward improvisation that reflects who you are as a person.

Part of that journey will include something you've probably never experienced at any other jazz camp or school: an integrated experience with nature. Bob Hemenger will open your eyes—and ears—to how a deeper connection with nature can enhance your musical expression.

“For future attendees: do not underestimate the role of Bob Hemenger. His activities are designed to bring you closer to your real essence and beware contempt in yourself and in others. It' only a mechanism that stems from insecurity and prevents one from embracing the unknown.”

Pierre Guillemette, 2015 attendee



August 6-11, 2019


Wooten Woods (one hour outside Nashville, TN)


Saxophone players age 17 and up. (We've had players in their early 70s) You just need to have at least a few years of playing under your belt and a strong desire to improve. Don't worry about your experience level. We divide players into smaller groups to pair you with people in more or less the same boat as you. You'll get the instruction you need based on where you are in your development.


Tuition is $1,295 USD (join our email list for a special discount.)

A $400 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Balance due by start of retreat.


- on-site lodging
- ALL meals from dinner on Tuesday through breakfast on Sunday
- ground transportation to and from BNA airport
- and of course, four full days of classes, clinics, concerts, guest lectures, and your final concert with a pro band.

PLEASE have a look at these photos to get a feel for the retreat

The retreat is limited to 50 players. 

Don’t wait, Reserve your spot today!


Welcome to Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature


Wooten Woods is a 150-acre retreat center situated on the bank of the Duck River in Tennessee. The natural environment creates an optimal place to get closer to music, nature, and yourself.


Why in the woods?


"To become natural at anything, one must include nature."
—Victor Wooten

From the Wooten Woods website: "Our renowned and proven techniques* include combinations of Music and Nature education, outdoor experiences, and awareness exercises. We understand that to become "natural" at anything, one must include "Nature." Our evolutionary and revolutionary approaches have helped people of all ages and instrumentation from around the world to not only pursue, but reach their life goals no matter what they may be."

*Bob Franceschini and Bob Hemenger are veteran instructors at Victor Wooten's camps.

Watch this video to learn more about the camp facility and philosophy:


Meet your instructors


Bob Reynolds

Bob Reynolds is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he is a prolific composer and recording artist with 8 top-selling solo albums to his credit. The New York Times called him “a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer.” An independent recording artist, Bob’s albums showcase his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and, as the LA Times put it: “hip-swiveling” grooves. Bob’s 2013 album Somewhere In Between, a seamless blend of jazz, blues, rock and pop, reached #1 on iTunes’ jazz charts. In 2017 he released two new albums: Guitar Band and Hindsight. Bob is also a passionate educator and in-demand clinician. He co-founded an annual retreat for saxophonists and, through his virtual studio, he helps musicians become confident improvisers. Bob lives in Los Angeles and shares insights on balancing a music career with raising a family through his popular YouTube vlog.

“A self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer…”

“…Reynolds flexes an assured hand with melding hip-swiveling jazz and funk as a bandleader.”

“Some of the freshest, most compelling, and most soulful music I have heard recently. Bob Reynolds is an amazing musician, with something very exciting and original to say.”
Joshua Redman, Grammy-nominated saxophonist

“Bob is one hell of a saxophonist! His sound is rich and his execution is effortless.”
Michael Brecker, Grammy-winning saxophonist

Bob Franceschini

A world-class soloist, accomplished arranger, composer, musical director and formidable educator, saxophonist Bob Franceschini is one of the most in demand musicians around in many genres. Internationally renown he has traversed the globe performing with The Mike Stern Band, The Yellow Jackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Omar Hakim Band, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan to highlight just a few. Franceschini has appeared on over 100 albums and has played on countless jingles and film scores. Born and raised in NYC, Bob was fortunate to spend his whole life, befriending, playing and apprenticing with all time great saxophonists, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, , Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzer. Franceschini does master classes all over the world. He speaks Spanish fluently and Italian as a strong third language. Bob is a long time instructor of theory, improvisation and performance coach at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature.

Bob Hemenger

Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His soulful approach to the saxophone and years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down many interesting roads. Bob has played (and recorded) with a long list of musicians including 5-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, Darrell Scott, Zac Brown Band, The Motet, Band of Heathens, Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth, etc. He has been a high school teacher, the principal of an alternative high school, owned/operated a primitive skills workshop business, worked in the adventure travel business, successfully implemented a public school music program based on American Roots music and was a presenter at Stanford University.  He has also been an instructor at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature for the past 8 years where he helps people deepen the connection between music, nature and themselves.



Branford Marsalis

2018 Special Guest Instructor

Inside:Outside Retreat for Saxophonists is excited to announce that this year’s special guest instructor will be - the one and only - Branford Marsalis!

Born in New Orleans into a musical family that is commonly recognized as modern day jazz royalty, Branford has distinguished himself as one of the preeminent saxophonists of our time. He is truly a musical renaissance man, with a mind blowing resume. Highlights include: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Harry Connick Jr., The Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby. Branford is frequently heard with leading symphony orchestras in Chicago, Detroit, Dusseldorf and North Carolina as well as the New York Philharmonic. He has released several highly acclaimed albums under his own name, served as musical director of The Tonite Show and hosted NPR Radio’s widely syndicated show “Jazz Set.” Marsalis is the recipient of three Grammys, as well as cited as a “Jazz Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts. His “Marsalis Music” label documents his own music, talented new artists, as well as un-heralded older masters. 

Branford Marsalis reflects the musical and human values that Inside:Outside Retreat revere. It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to join us in the rare opportunity to get up close to one of the premier artists of our time.