We are musicians helping horns play better so you sound your best

KEY LEAVES® is a Seattle-based family business specializing in woodwind care products that leave keys open to dry clean. Key Leaves was founded by Rulon Brown, a professional sax player and music teacher who grew up fixing horns at his local music store. Like all saxophonists, he ran into the problem of sticky key pads that cause playing malfunction and costly repair. So he created natural-care products that leave keys open to dry clean. The outstanding results are thrilling to sax players and educators eager to protect precious instruments and keep their horns playing well!

We pride ourselves on clean design, powerful results, and plain spoken dealing. During our first year in business we grew our global dealer network to include saxophone manufacturers, elite pro shops, local music stores, and mega retailers around the world.

- Become a Key Leaves Dealer
- Reviews of Key Leaves products
- BEST IN SHOW 2019 - The NAMM Show
- #1 Saxophone Gear pick in DOWNBEAT magazine
- PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2018 - The Saxophonist magazine
- MUSIC INC Magazine features Key Leaves for BEST IN SHOW NAMM 2019
- NAMM Success Stories feature about Key Leaves
- Music Trades magazine feature about Double Honors at NAMM Show

- Everything Saxophone podcast interview with Key Leaves founder, Rulon Brown
- MUSIC & SOUND RETAILER magazine interview with Rulon Brown
- Read about Key Leaves launch in Music Trades magazine

  • Team
  • Commons
  • Design
  • USA Made

President / Founder
A hopeless band geek living his dream to make music and help musicians sound their best.

Strategic Advisor
A highly specialized medical pro , Kristen helps keep our products and business healthy. She is also the "Mom" in our "Mom & Pop" family biz.

Executive Assistant
A professional saxophonist and passionate educator with experience managing music stores and teaching programs. Alexia keeps things running smoothly across our team.

Admin Manager "Queen B"
A compassionate and calm soul with an eye for detail to keep our biz flowing to Mumbai, Manitoba or Missouri.

Business Development Officer
An industry vet with success including co-founding Theo Wanne mouthpiece company and work for Fiberreed and Nadir Saxwind.

Saxophone Specialist
A gifted composer and producer with sales experience at Music & Arts, Nick volunteered to field test our products and later joined the team to help with daily ops

Photo by Ron Brown

Ever heard of the commons? It’s all the great stuff we share, like air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately. We take this truth to heart and our President even wrote a song about caring for the commons.

Because woodwind key pads are expensive, can’t be repaired, and are costly to replace, we are glad to be able to help musicians toss fewer pads on the trash heap. It’s a good day when we can help you sound your best, save our planet, and save $green$ along the way.

We care enough to:
  • Design for durability & washability for years of use and re-use.
  • Use sustainable or recyclable material in our products and packaging.
  • Recycle our scrap silicone material. Ethical manufacturing is important to us and our scrap silicone is used to make industrial lubricants that other manufacturers need.
  • Research new methods for simpler, cleaner, more effective products.

Great design is simple, useful and human centered. So we use state-of-the-art modeling and manufacturing methods to create the tools that music teachers, players and students need. We feel honored to see Key Leaves’ patents pending inventions helping musicians around the world.

We support the creativity, technical ability, and industry of our community and are proud to make all our Key Leaves products in the U.S.A.

Special thanks to:
The amazing family and friends who make Key Leaves possible: Kristen, Mike, Ron, Cindy, Jason, Dayna Brown, Jonathan Stapley, Paul Rucker, Gene Ann, Deborah, Jeanette, Taylor, Nick, Bruce, Kevin, John & Barbara Kagerer, Teresa & Dave Hoskins, Elin & Rich, Terry, Rich Bell, Lee, Sean Aydlott, and many more.

Big shout out to:

  • Tim, Heather & Joyce at Baker Hostetler
  • John W. Hubbard at emks.fi
  • Shon Hancock for his radical design mentorship
  • Megan and Alex for gettin’ it done!