I propose to go to Peru for thirteen weeks to study the saxophone orchestras of the Mantaro Valley (region of Junín). This topic is well outside my main area of expertise, which is the gamelan and vocal music of central Java, Indonesia. The ensembles called orquestas típicas (traditional orchestras) are usually composed of over a dozen saxophones of different sizes, a couple of violins, an Andean harp, and sometimes a few clarinets. (Dating back to the 1910s, with clarinets as the only wind instruments, the orquestas have gradually incorporated more and more saxophones, beginning in the 1930s [Romero 2001: 69-73].) Their repertoire consists mostly of subgenres within the national huayno genre that are used, in this region, to accompany elaborate street processions for Catholic festivals celebrated throughout the year in different towns up and down the valley. I would like to begin learning to play the music by engaging in participant observation, and to conduct research into the aesthetics of the genre through interviews with musicians. The project is to be carried out during the spring of 2013, which is during my year-long sabbatical leave (2012-13), and so there are no issues of faculty replacement. I hope not only to enrich my knowledge of a South-American tradition and open a path to further research, but also to develop skills and contacts that might eventually lead to offering an orquesta típica ensemble as part of the music program at Earlham.