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Troubleshooting sax reed positioning

I need some help solving a problem I have with my bari sax. Sometimes it plays just fine, sometimes it takes a LOT of air to get it to make a sound. I've deduced that my reed is the cause of the problem, predictably, but I'm not sure how.

Today, for example, it was playing perfectly for roughly the hour I was practicing. Then I started to hear my spit buzzing in the instrument, so I took off the reed, wiped off the excess spit, wet it again for good measure, and put it back on. Now, no matter how I move or readjust the reed, it just won't make a noise unless I put a great deal of air through the instrument. I have adjusted the position and tightness of the ligature, the position of the reed, and my embouchure, but nothing is fixing it. Any suggestions on what the problem could be?

Thanks!

Composing Playoff Contest

A composing playoff is a contest with 3 rounds (sometimes more depending on how many people enter on the first round). The first round anyone can enter their pieces in. When at least 5 people enter the contest, a few members (selected by me) will judge the top 3 winners. In the 2nd round, the top 3 will then compose another piece for the round. Then the same judges will judge the top 2. Then in the 3rd round (the final round), the last 2 winning contestants will compose yet another piece. Then the judges will judge the 1 winner of the round. The judges will vote on the reward for the winner.

20th January Musical Cryptogram

My friends sometimes ask me to translate his or her name into a musical composition. I must confess that I love these activities as it forces you to make a melodic line out of it. So my challenge is:

Make a piece of music out of a name (can be anyone's)
Pieces should be longer than one minute and less than 3 minutes.
If those who are confused in how to use cryptograms then here is one way you could do this (French method):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_cryptogram

I would judge your pieces based on originality, how beautiful it is and bonus if difficult names are used. 
Please in your titles that you need to state the name of the person
The winner will have their piece upvoted and will be followed by me.

Here is an example where the piece uses a musical cryptogram:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-q7vYIpItA

Your submission will be due at 15th February

Music programs in different countries

Hey ya'll I'm 15 y/0 tenor player from Australia and was wondering what music programs you guys have in the countries your in. My school has a Stage Band which plays jazz swing and pop music (which i'm in) which consist of 5 saxes (2 Alto, 2 Tenor, 1 Barri), 4 Trombones (3 Tenor 1 Bass), 4 trumpets, 2 basses as well as a piano player and drum/percussion. 
We also have a concert band made up of all the band instruments which usually plays movie themes and marching pieces (but we never march)

Just wondering what other countries experience and if they like it. 
Thanks for reading!