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Can saxophones be in orchestras, not just like the symphonic jazz orchestras/big band?

Yes, there is a body of classical, non-jazz music for saxophone, including works for orchestra. Although not a standard part of most orchestras, saxophones are added when needed.1 A 2014 article in ...
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If I have learned song in certain key for example F on my tenor sax and I want to play with the band who has to change key other instruments or me?

This is largely a political question rather than a musical one! Either they change to accommodate you or you change to accommodate them. If you were a singer, you'd have a strong case for getting ...
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If I have learned song in certain key for example F on my tenor sax and I want to play with the band who has to change key other instruments or me?

Tenor sax in B♭ produces concert pitch one full step below. So, if you are reading F, the sax produces E♭. Non-transposing instruments in the band, like keyboard or guitar... or voice, would play in E♭...
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Alto Sax producing octave notes without using key, won't play lower notes without tilting down

On a saxophone (also depending on the type of saxophone and mouthpiece and like with many wind instruments) playing the lowest notes can be a bit more tricky than the mid range, and the instrument ...
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What's this curved line after this note?

It's called a fall. It's sort of like a glissando; it means to bend the note downward. Searching YouTube for "saxophone fall demonstration" will provide tutorials for how to do it and what ...
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If I have learned song in certain key for example F on my tenor sax and I want to play with the band who has to change key other instruments or me?

If I play sax alto or tenor and I have songs written in certain key that I learned for example F who in the band will need to change their key or I have to change to meet their sheet music? In ...
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Can saxophones be in orchestras, not just like the symphonic jazz orchestras/big band?

Saxophones sometimes appear in the orchestra. Not all that often, the list in @Aaron's reply above is pretty exhaustive! And when a saxophone does appear, it's normally as a featured soloist rather ...
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Saxophone and Dentures

After forty years of playing I had 17 teeth extracted (also known as the most unexciting hour of my life) Unsurprisingly I was unable to play very well subsequently. Five years down the track I can ...
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Tips on playing quietly/gently?

The best way to learn to play softly is to play each note from the very softest you can to the loudest and back to the softest. If you're worried about your neighbors perhaps don't go to the loudest, ...
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If I have learned song in certain key for example F on my tenor sax and I want to play with the band who has to change key other instruments or me?

Most, if not all of the rest of the band (don't know line-up) will probably be playing at concert pitch. That is, if they're reading music - guitar, bass, k'bds, will read what's in front of them, and ...
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How can I find out which woodwind instruments have the same (or almost the same) fingering so it makes transitioning between those instruments easier?

DISCLAIMER: I speak from the viewpoint of a saxophonist who has doubled on other instruments. I interpret the question as asking for similarities between instruments of different families. Until you ...
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What are the 14 different types of saxophone?

Cecil Forsyth's orchestration a manual from the 1910's mentions 7 varieties of saxophone (Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass), in 2 series (a military series in E♭/B♭, and an ...
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